Whether you are interested in birding, or just interested in getting to know your neighborhood species, a great resource is the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. They have one of the largest libraries of bird vocalizations in the world, and a youtube channel with tons of great footage. The following four clips are from their site, and offer the best introduction for what to look for when birding that I have run across yet on the internet.
But remember when birding (or just going on a neighborhood walk) that collecting nests, eggs, or other bird parts–even feathers, is prohibited by international treaty. Migratory birds are protected in a number of signatory countries under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (and yes, its been updated since). During the 18th and early 19th centuries a number of bird species were hunted almost to extinction entirely for the ladies hat trade, leading…
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