Just because we aren’t going anywhere for a few days (or a week or two) that doesn’t mean life has gotten boring. We are in the middle of the Spring migration which means that we don’t have to go anywhere or do anything to enjoy Nature’s Music. All we need do is open our ears and listen.
For several weeks already we have been waking to new bird calls, and going to sleep to other new bird calls. I really wish I knew more about bird calls — you can identify most species by their call if you know them — but between the two of us we know… well… maybe let’s not embarrass ourselves quite that much! Suffice it to say, we don’t know many bird calls but we love listening to them even if we don’t know what we’re hearing.
Some time ago I came across an app for my iPhone that gives me bird calls at my fingertips. Bearing in mind that I don’t usually remember that I have that thing on my phone it’s a handy little tool that I haven’t gotten the hang of using yet. I think it’s worth mentioning and you can find it at The App Store by searching “Bird Calls.”
Another good tool — if you don’t have a good bird book and are inclined to use iPhone apps for everything — you can get the Peterson Field Guides in app form (about $3.00 I think) — I grew up with the Peterson Field guides — not just the one for Eastern birds, or the one for Western birds. I still use those and my mammal edition and my tree edition — I’m a card carrying member of the Peterson Guide fan club. 🙂
Enjoying nature doesn’t have to mean that you know everything. Sometimes the most boring people on earth are the ones who know everything. It’s nice when I can recognize the calls I hear. It’s nice when I hear the call and get to searching the canopy to try finding that little bugger that I hear and can’t locate. We can always enjoy anything on the level where we are.
The idea of carrying a bunch of books around when we’re out in the woods gets less and less compelling. We have our mobility issues and dragging a lot of gear is something for days gone by. I’m not sure if I’ll find myself using my phone more often for identification or whether I may just be content to know the ones I know and not know the ones I don’t know and be happy with that.
Thanks for stopping by, and we can talk again tomorrow if you want. I’ll be here.