Do you hear what I hear?

Take a minute to stop and listen for birds calling in the forest. Depending on the time of year, you may hear some insects as well. Even if you can’t identify the birds by their call, try to see how many different calls you hear. Ask others around you to be quiet. (And try to ignore the background noise coming from Route 13.)


Many people use mnemonic devices to remember bird calls. For example, the Carolina chickadee’s call sounds like “chick-a-dee-dee-dee”. We’ve listed a few other common calls below:


Carolina Wren – “tea kettle, tea kettle, tea kettle”

Eastern Towhee – “drink your teeeeeaaaa”

Yellow Warbler – “sweet, sweet, sweet, I’m so sweet”

Ovenbird – “teacher, teacher, teacher”

Barred Owl – “who cooks for youuu?”


Audio Credits

Carolina Wren – Thomas Magarian XC358188

Eastern Towhee- Jorge de Leon Cardozo XC375281

Yellow Warbler- Sue Riffe XC381587

Ovenbird- John Baur XC316041

Barred Owl- Anthony Gliozzo XC368856