195 episodes

Songbirding takes you on an auditory journey through the songs of birds. Recorded entirely outdoors, a variety of songbird species from the Great Lakes region of North America are featured. Each episode provides listeners with a unique and immersive experience, as they listen to the beautiful melodies and calls of different birds in their natural habitats.

Along with the sounds, birding guide Rob Porter shares interesting facts and insights about the birds, providing a deeper understanding of their behaviour and significance in the ecosystems they inhabit.

Twice nominated as best Science Podcast in the Canadian Podcast Awards.

Season 1, "The Bruce Peninsula" was recorded in July of 2019, in various locales of the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario.

Season 2, "Midsummer" was recorded in July and August of 2019, in Hamilton, Waterloo, and Cambridge.

Season 3, "Spring of Solitude" was recorded in spring of 2020, in the Hamilton, the Niagara Region, and Norfolk County.

Season 4, "On Territory" was recorded throughout 2020 & 2021, in various places in Ontario.

Season 5, “In The Quietude” was recorded in 2021 through 2023 in Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Season 6, "Allegheny National Forest" was recorded in 2022 through 2024 in Allegheny National Forest and surrounding areas in Pennsylvania and New York states.

Season 7 is forthcoming and was/is being recorded in Kananaskis Country, Alberta in 2023 through 2025.

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

Credits

Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

Cover art by Lauren Helton - https://tinylongwing.carbonmade.com/

Support the show at https://songbirding.com/support

Songbirding: A Birding-by-ear Podcast Songbirding Studios

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    • 4.4 • 77 Ratings

Songbirding takes you on an auditory journey through the songs of birds. Recorded entirely outdoors, a variety of songbird species from the Great Lakes region of North America are featured. Each episode provides listeners with a unique and immersive experience, as they listen to the beautiful melodies and calls of different birds in their natural habitats.

Along with the sounds, birding guide Rob Porter shares interesting facts and insights about the birds, providing a deeper understanding of their behaviour and significance in the ecosystems they inhabit.

Twice nominated as best Science Podcast in the Canadian Podcast Awards.

Season 1, "The Bruce Peninsula" was recorded in July of 2019, in various locales of the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario.

Season 2, "Midsummer" was recorded in July and August of 2019, in Hamilton, Waterloo, and Cambridge.

Season 3, "Spring of Solitude" was recorded in spring of 2020, in the Hamilton, the Niagara Region, and Norfolk County.

Season 4, "On Territory" was recorded throughout 2020 & 2021, in various places in Ontario.

Season 5, “In The Quietude” was recorded in 2021 through 2023 in Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Season 6, "Allegheny National Forest" was recorded in 2022 through 2024 in Allegheny National Forest and surrounding areas in Pennsylvania and New York states.

Season 7 is forthcoming and was/is being recorded in Kananaskis Country, Alberta in 2023 through 2025.

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

Credits

Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

Cover art by Lauren Helton - https://tinylongwing.carbonmade.com/

Support the show at https://songbirding.com/support

    The Hermits of Allegheny (Hermit Thrush)

    The Hermits of Allegheny (Hermit Thrush)

    It’s almost sunset and I’ve driven to the closest trailhead I see on the map near to where I am camping: a trail leading to Hector Falls, in the Tionesta Scenic Area.

    More about Hermit Thrushes: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hermit_Thrush/overview

    You can also listen to my Birdsong Serenades episode about Hermit Thrushes as a subscriber to the Songbirding Studios Patreon, or Apple Podcasts channel.

    eBird Checklist for the outing this was recorded during: https://ebird.org/checklist/S115082556

    Download Merlin Bird ID today: https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/

    Credits

    Songbirding: The Allegheny National Forest is a Songbirding Studios production.

    Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

    The Songbirding cover art (Blackburnian Warbler) is by Lauren Helton: https://tinylongwing.carbonmade.com/projects/5344062

    Creative Commons music is from Scott Buckley, Kira Daly, Josh Woodward and Jason Shaw.

    This podcast is powered by Pinecast. Try Pinecast for free, forever, no credit card required. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-da20d0 for 40% off for 4 months, and support Songbirding: A Birding-by-ear Podcast.

    • 28 min
    A Perfect July Morning (Hooded Warbler)

    A Perfect July Morning (Hooded Warbler)

    It’s my first morning in Allegheny National Forest and the weather is clear and sunny — a perfect July day for recording birdsong.

    I’ve parked at the same trailhead for Hector’s Falls as I did the evening before. This time I’m planning to make it all the way to the falls, and perhaps beyond.

    More about Hooded Warbler: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hooded_Warbler

    You can also listen to my Birdsong Serenades episode about Hooded Warblers as a subscriber to the Songbirding Studios Patreon, or Apple Podcasts channel.

    eBird Checklist for the outing this was recorded during: https://ebird.org/checklist/S115100430

    Download Merlin Bird ID today: https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/

    Credits

    Songbirding: The Allegheny National Forest is a Songbirding Studios production.

    Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

    The Songbirding cover art (Blackburnian Warbler) is by Lauren Helton: https://tinylongwing.carbonmade.com/projects/5344062

    Creative Commons music is from Josh Woodward.

    This podcast is powered by Pinecast. Try Pinecast for free, forever, no credit card required. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-da20d0 for 40% off for 4 months, and support Songbirding: A Birding-by-ear Podcast.

    • 23 min
    A Sore Sounding Song (Scarlet Tanager)

    A Sore Sounding Song (Scarlet Tanager)

    As the hike to Hector Falls continues, Scarlet Tanagers and many other songbird species are encountered.

    More about Scarlet Tanager: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Scarlet_Tanager

    eBird Checklist for the outing this was recorded during: https://ebird.org/checklist/S115100430

    Download Merlin Bird ID today: https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/

    Credits

    Songbirding: The Allegheny National Forest is a Songbirding Studios production.

    Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

    The Songbirding cover art (Blackburnian Warbler) is by Lauren Helton: https://tinylongwing.carbonmade.com/projects/5344062

    Creative Commons music is from Josh Woodward.

    This podcast is powered by Pinecast. Try Pinecast for free, forever, no credit card required. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-da20d0 for 40% off for 4 months, and support Songbirding: A Birding-by-ear Podcast.

    • 28 min
    Hector Falls, Part 1 (Red-eyed Vireo)

    Hector Falls, Part 1 (Red-eyed Vireo)

    We’re approaching Hector’s Falls, and the habitat has changed a bit, with a stream alongside a winding single-track trail.

    More about the Red-eyed Vireo: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-eyed_Vireo/overview

    eBird Checklist for the outing this was recorded during: https://ebird.org/checklist/S115100430

    Download Merlin Bird ID today: https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/

    Credits

    Songbirding: The Allegheny National Forest is a Songbirding Studios production.

    Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

    The Songbirding cover art (Blackburnian Warbler) is by Lauren Helton: https://tinylongwing.carbonmade.com/projects/5344062

    Creative Commons music is from Josh Woodward.

    This podcast is powered by Pinecast. Try Pinecast for free, forever, no credit card required. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-da20d0 for 40% off for 4 months, and support Songbirding: A Birding-by-ear Podcast.

    • 27 min
    Hector Falls, Part 2 (Blue-headed Vireo)

    Hector Falls, Part 2 (Blue-headed Vireo)

    I’ve made it to Hector’s Falls - it’s not a very tall waterfall but it is very compelling to look at. The water flows off of a rectangular-shaped rock face, forming a thin silk-sheet like stream of water.

    Anywhere there is flowing water, there will be insects, and where there are insects to be fed on, there will be plenty of bird species.

    More about the Blue-headed Vireo: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Blue-headed_Vireo/overview

    eBird Checklist for the outing this was recorded during: https://ebird.org/checklist/S115100430

    Download Merlin Bird ID today: https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/

    Credits
    Songbirding: The Allegheny National Forest is a Songbirding Studios production.

    Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

    The Songbirding cover art (Blackburnian Warbler) is by Lauren Helton: https://tinylongwing.carbonmade.com/projects/5344062

    Creative Commons music is from Josh Woodward.

    This podcast is powered by Pinecast. Try Pinecast for free, forever, no credit card required. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-da20d0 for 40% off for 4 months, and support Songbirding: A Birding-by-ear Podcast.

    • 18 min
    The Hike Back, Part 1 (Black-throated Green Warbler)

    The Hike Back, Part 1 (Black-throated Green Warbler)

    I’m beginning my hike back to the main road. One might expect this means we’ll hear the same birds, but that’s not always going to be the case.

    Some species move around during the day, or might vocalize less or more often, or differently, at different times of the day.

    We’ve not yet heard everything this trail has to offer today.

    More about Black-throated Green Warblers: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-throated_Green_Warbler/overview

    eBird Checklist for the outing this was recorded during: https://ebird.org/checklist/S115100430

    Download Merlin Bird ID today: https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/

    Credits

    Songbirding: The Allegheny National Forest is a Songbirding Studios production.

    Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

    The Songbirding cover art (Blackburnian Warbler) is by Lauren Helton: https://tinylongwing.carbonmade.com/projects/5344062

    Creative Commons music is from Josh Woodward.

    This podcast is powered by Pinecast. Try Pinecast for free, forever, no credit card required. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-da20d0 for 40% off for 4 months, and support Songbirding: A Birding-by-ear Podcast.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

Jobi C. ,

Love this so much

Thank you for creating and sharing this podcast. I’ve been mostly homebound and unable to bird actively for a year, and your gentle approach to sharing knowledge about birdsong brings me so much joy.

Dikarandga ,

Wonderful bird recordings!

Thank you for sharing your recordings of birds in the natural world. What a treat for my ears and a salve for my mind.

SKOLsson ,

Can’t sleep without it

When stress hits in the middle of the night this is my go-to solution. Particularly season 3. What would I do without this?!

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