We made a personal bird trip today from San Antonio to Austin, Texas to attend the first Purple Martin Party of the year. This event, held by Travis Audubon, takes place four Saturday evenings in early summer every year.
Migratory Bird Fest has been underway at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center from April 21 2022 to today, May 14, 2022. Bird Fest concludes with a community festival full of organizations and activities. After a morning of birding at Pearsall Park, we drove over to the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center to check out the activities.
Recording bird songs is a great way to begin learning how to identify birds by ear. But listening to your clips isn’t the only way to enjoy and study them. Spectrograms add a whole new layer to your bird recordings, enabling you study them visually and see how species vocalize in different ways.
After going bird watching a few times or watching your feeder for a few weeks, the birds slowly start to look more and more familiar. But it can still be a challenge to discern one bird from another or to learn to recognize a new species you’ve seen only a few times.
Microphone. Power supply. Shock mount. Windscreen. Pistol grip. XLR cable. Headphones. Recorder. Bird. All of these things work together to capture a bird song. Following the Audubon’s Guide to Recording Bird Song, I scoured the internet to put together my own secondhand bird recording kit.