These sketches are fantastic–and adorable. I wish I paid more attention to the birds around me–or tried harder to find them.
I’ve had a terrible time finding birds here. I’m probably being impatient, or looking in the wrong places, but I’ve only ever seen robins on my trips into the woods. It’s really cool that you know what a screech owl sounds like. I imagine it’s some sort of screech, but I’d have no idea how to recognize it.
Kyle! In the age of Google, I don’t think we get to say things like this: “It’s really cool that you know what a screech owl sounds like. I imagine it’s some sort of screech, but I have no idea how to recognize it.”
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has an AWESOME web site about birds called, aptly, “All About Birds.” Its URL is “http://www.allaboutbirds.org/” They have pictures of Eastern screech owls, information on habitat, nesting and feeding habits, hunting behaviors, and several examples of different calls.
And for the truly adventuresome, you can download those mp3 files and broadcast them from you iPhone (or whatever)…and then listen for the “response” from birds. This is how some people conduct bird censuses. Currently there isn’t a call-recognition program that is akin to Shazam…but that’s probably not too far away (5 – 10 years?); it would be great to just hit the “analyze” button and get a list of all the birds and mammals and insects that were making noises at that time…with links to more information for all of them.