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Finally, A Tweet Storm We Look Forward To: A Primer On Spring Bird Songs06:06
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An American Robin watches over one its babies in its nest. (Ron Edmonds/AP)
An American Robin watches over one its babies in its nest. (Ron Edmonds/AP)

Depending on where you live, you may be waking up to a chorus of bird songs. Spring's the season when migrating birds arrive at their summer destinations and also when male birds sing to attract their mates.

But how do you know which birds you're hearing?

Host Robin Young talks to Jessie Barry, program manager at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, about the birds to listen for in various regions and what makes them unique.

A male American Robin perches itself on a blooming maple tree in Beverly Hills, Michigan. (Carlos Osorio/AP)
A male American Robin perches itself on a blooming maple tree in Beverly Hills, Michigan. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

Listen to the American robin.

A laughing gull goes for a small fish that was thrown to the bird in midair above Jamaica Bay on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 in New York. (Kathy Willens/AP)
A laughing gull goes for a small fish that was thrown to the bird in midair above Jamaica Bay on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 in New York. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Listen to the laughing gull.

A barred owl at the Miami Science Museum. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)
A barred owl at the Miami Science Museum. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Listen to the barred owl.

Canyon wren (Noel Reynolds/Creative Commons)
Canyon wren (Noel Reynolds/Creative Commons)

Listen to the canyon wren.

A wood thrush and cowbird nestling. (Kelly Colgan Azar/Creative Commons)
A wood thrush and cowbird nestling. (Kelly Colgan Azar/Creative Commons)

Listen to the wood thrush.

Brown thrasher (Dan Pancamo/Creative Commons)
Brown thrasher (Dan Pancamo/Creative Commons)

Listen to the brown thrasher.

Common nighthawk (Brandon Trentler/btrentler/Creative Commons)
Common nighthawk (Brandon Trentler/btrentler/Creative Commons)

Listen to the common nighthawk.

Ovenbird (Kelly Colgan Azar/Creative Commons)
Ovenbird (Kelly Colgan Azar/Creative Commons)

Listen to the ovenbird.

Sounds heard in the audio conversation are courtesy of Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 

This segment aired on April 29, 2021.

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