Let this be the first bird song you learn: Meet the Song Sparrow
The time has come to officially meet your neighbors: the birds. For many folks, both birders and people who are new to birding, watching the birds just outside our doors brings joy during hard times.
At first glance, you may just notice a few birds in your yard or neighborhood. But spend a little more time, and you’ll start to recognize repeat visitors and witness extraordinary behaviors like territorial fights, courting and mating, elaborate bird songs, foraging, and nest building. Our world may be put on hold for the moment, but theirs rushes forward during the most exciting time of year — spring migration and baby bird season. You couldn’t ask for a better live performance right outside your home.
Let this be the first bird song you ever learn. These little brown birds are all over the Portland Metro Area, from backyards to forests to wetlands. And once you learn their song, you’ll hear it everywhere. It starts with a 3-4 of the same notes, then follows with a fancier buzz or trill.
Fun fact: When the days get longer, many birds start to breed. But Song Sparrows don’t just look to how long the sun is shining. They start breeding when the temperatures get warm enough.
If you would like to learn more about the birds you see around town, visit https://audubonportland.org/