34 episodes

Learning birdsong takes active listening and repeated exposure. Birding guide Rob Porter takes you into the field to experience birding by ear in this relaxed pace acoustic exploration of natural spaces in mid-western and southern Ontario. Whether you're an emerging or veteran birder looking to test and build upon your birdsong identification skills or someone who appreciates the natural world, this unique series will bring you as close as you can get to birding in the field without going anywhere.

Season 1, "The Bruce Peninsula" was recorded in July of 2019, in the peak of songbird breeding season.

Season 2, "Midsummer" was recorded in July and August of 2019, in southern Ontario.

Season 2 of this podcast updates bi-weekly on Mondays and Thursdays in March and April 2020.

For those with high-frequency hearing loss, please search for "Songbirding Under 5kHz"

The Bruce Peninsula (also known as the Saugeen Peninsula) is the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee (Iroquois), Ojibway/Chippewa and Anishnabek. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties, with the exception of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation which is unceded territory.

Credits

Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

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Learning birdsong takes active listening and repeated exposure. Birding guide Rob Porter takes you into the field to experience birding by ear in this relaxed pace acoustic exploration of natural spaces in mid-western and southern Ontario. Whether you're an emerging or veteran birder looking to test and build upon your birdsong identification skills or someone who appreciates the natural world, this unique series will bring you as close as you can get to birding in the field without going anywhere.

Season 1, "The Bruce Peninsula" was recorded in July of 2019, in the peak of songbird breeding season.

Season 2, "Midsummer" was recorded in July and August of 2019, in southern Ontario.

Season 2 of this podcast updates bi-weekly on Mondays and Thursdays in March and April 2020.

For those with high-frequency hearing loss, please search for "Songbirding Under 5kHz"

The Bruce Peninsula (also known as the Saugeen Peninsula) is the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee (Iroquois), Ojibway/Chippewa and Anishnabek. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties, with the exception of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation which is unceded territory.

Credits

Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

    Preview of Season 2: "Midsummer"

    Preview of Season 2: "Midsummer"

    A preview of Season 2, "Songbirding: Midsummer", starting March 2, 2020.


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    Find out more at http://songbirding.com

    • 10 min
    Birdsong Identification Quiz (Season 1)

    Birdsong Identification Quiz (Season 1)

    Put your birdsong ID skills to the test, with this selection of clips from Season 1 of Songbirding. Scroll down for the quiz answer key.


    Credits

    Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.
    Creative Commons music by Alexander Nakarada.


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    Indigo Bunting, Red-eyed Vireo
    Chestnut-sided Warbler
    Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler, (American Redstart background)
    Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush
    Purple Finch
    Blackburnian Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo
    Blackburnian Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo (Pine Warbler near end)
    Common Yellowthroat
    Black-throated Blue Warbler, Hermit Thrush
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Black-throated Green Warbler
    American Redstart
    Gray Catbird (Mourning Dove & Common Yellowthroat in background)
    Eastern Wood-Pewee
    Ovenbird
    Black-throated Green Warbler, Winter Wren
    Nashville Warbler
    Dark-eyed Junco


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    • 22 min
    S1E23 - Barrow Bay, Part 3 (S1 Finale)

    S1E23 - Barrow Bay, Part 3 (S1 Finale)

    Season Finale.


    Credits

    Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.


    Creative Commons music by Scott Buckley – https://www.scottbuckley.com.au/
    Creative Commons sounds by Jordan Powell – https://freesound.org/people/Erokia/


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    • 26 min
    S1E22 - Barrow Bay, Part 2

    S1E22 - Barrow Bay, Part 2

    Dark-eyed Juncos, Black-throated Blue Warblers, and more are found along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment over Barrow Bay.


    Credits

    Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.


    Creative Commons music by Scott Buckley – https://www.scottbuckley.com.au/
    Creative Commons sounds by Jordan Powell – https://freesound.org/people/Erokia/


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    • 19 min
    S1E21 - Barrow Bay, Part 1

    S1E21 - Barrow Bay, Part 1

    Hermit Thrush and various warblers are found in this unique rocky forest along the Niagara Escarpment.


    Credits

    Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.


    Creative Commons music by Scott Buckley – https://www.scottbuckley.com.au/
    Creative Commons sounds by Jordan Powell – https://freesound.org/people/Erokia/


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    Find out more at http://songbirding.com

    • 24 min
    S1E20 - St. Jean Point in Soundscape

    S1E20 - St. Jean Point in Soundscape

    A soundscape captured at St Jean Point Nature Reserve.


    Featured: Northern Waterthrush, Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler, American Redstart, Red-winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, Northern Flicker.


    A clip of each species identified can be viewed on this eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64338267


    Credits

    Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.


    Creative Commons music by Scott Buckley – https://www.scottbuckley.com.au/
    Creative Commons sounds by Jordan Powell – https://freesound.org/people/Erokia/


    Support Songbirding by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/songbirding


    Find out more at http://songbirding.com

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

AlphaMHC ,

Calming and Informative

I think there are two main kinds of people that would really enjoy this podcast:

1. Songbird enthusiasts of all experience levels. Rob brings a lot of information and knowledge in to the episodes.

2. People looking for something calming to listen to. I like listening to all sorts of podcasts, but nearly all of them involve a whole lot of talking. This podcast is very different, with a lot more meditative space in it.

I think a whole lot of people out there fall into one of these two categories! If you do, I highly recommend checking this out!

HappyGoLukky ,

These guys should be on NatGeo

Seriously thought this was a NatGeo podcast - wow Rob is fantastic - narration is great - knowledge out of this world and really as a neophyte I’m enjoying this in the background during commutes ... 10 minutes and this will clear your mind and make you a better person. Well done!

EdPullen ,

Best Birdsong Podcast Ever

I'm a birder and follow several birding podcasts. I've always hoped someone would do a recording just like these, in the field with the birds with commentary. These are really well done, fun to listen to and I just hope Rob keeps them coming. Great stuff.

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