This Spring Is The Perfect Time To Listen For These Backyard Birdsongs Common In West Virginia

You’ve probably heard the advice, “take time to stop and smell the roses.” It’s great advice right now, and so is this: take some time over the next few days to stop and listen to the birds as they sing. You’ll find it to be a comforting, encouraging, refreshing exercise.

And we’re about to make it educational, too, because we’re going to help you identify which birds you’re hearing. Of course, it’s a bit more complicated than one song per species; in addition to songs usually used to attract a mate, birds also have various distinct calls to warn of danger or identify themselves. But at least this gives you a place to start.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

We recognize that this is only a handful of hundreds of backyard birds you could be hearing right now, especially in West Virginia, a state famous for her birding opportunities! What are your favorite birds to listen for, and what do they sound like? Share a YouTube link in the comments!

To encourage backyard birds, consider adding a bird feeder and some birdhouses to your landscape.

And if you’re looking for a great place to go birding besides your own yard, try the Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory!

Address: West Virginia, USA