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23 EpisodesProduced by Rob PorterWebsite

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 Ontario. Whether you're an aspiring or veteran birder looking to test and build up… read more

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S1E16 - Alvar Bay, Part 1

January 20th, 2020


Summer songs of Winter Wrens, Swainson's Thrush, American Redstarts and more are found at this nature reserve on the northwest end of the peninsula.

S1E15 - Swan Lake Lane, Part 2

January 13th, 2020


A surprise song chorus of Eastern Coyote leads the return walk, including Chipping Sparrows, Indigo Bunting, and some rural Rock Pigeons.


Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

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S1E14 - Swan Lake Lane, Part 1

January 6th, 2020


No swans here, the "lake" is really more of a wetland, but the birds are plentiful.


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Christmas Bird Count Special, Part 2

December 25th, 2019


Winter songbirds are featured both on the Bruce Peninsula, and around Hamilton, Ontario.


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Christmas Bird Count Special, Part 1

December 22nd, 2019


Black-capped Chickadees and Snow Buntings abound in the Hanover-Walkerton Christmas Bird Count (part 1 of 2).

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S1E13 - The Forty Hills Road

December 16th, 2019


A long winding gravel road through forest and swamp.

Recorded near Lion's Head, Ontario, Canada on July 19, 2019.


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S1E12 - MTB Adventure Park, Part 4

December 9th, 2019


On the way out, a patch of Brown Creepers and Black-and-white Warblers is discovered. (Part 4 of 4)

Recorded on July 19, 2019 near Wiarton, Ontario, …

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December 5th, 2019


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S1E11 - MTB Adventure Park, Part 3

December 2nd, 2019


Two mystery species prompt a discussion on good documentation for bird identification. (Part 3 of 4)

Recorded on July 19, 2019 near Wiarton, …

S1E10 - MTB Adventure Park, Part 2

November 25th, 2019


Deeper into the park trails, songful Winter Wrens and Blackburnian Warblers are heard.

Recorded on July 19, 2019 near Wiarton, Ontario, Canada.

Songscapes: The "Sore Throated" Vireo

November 21st, 2019


(Bonus) This features the episode 'The "Sore-throated" Vireo' from season 1 of the podcast "Songscapes". The episode is a soundscape of birdsongs recorded in Cootes Paradise in Hamilton, Ontario on June 30, 2019, …

S1E9 - MTB Adventure Park, Part 1

November 18th, 2019


A new birding spot nets vireos, warblers, thrushes, and finches. (Part 1 of 4)

Recorded on July 19, 2019 near Wiarton, Ontario, Canada.


S1E8 - Backroads of the Ferndale Flats

November 11th, 2019


Dusty country road birding, Savannah Sparrows, and the search for singing Bobolinks resumes.

Recorded on July 18, 2019 near Ferndale, Ontario, …

Discussion: Bad Weather Birding

November 7th, 2019


How do you go birding in bad weather? A short discussion on the topic, plus a bit of news about the Songbirding podcast.

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S1E7 - The Juniper Flats, Part 3

November 4th, 2019


(Conclusion) Ovenbirds, microclimates, and birding on the escarpment edge.

Recorded on July 18, 2019 near Dyer's Bay, Ontario, Canada.


S1E6 - The Juniper Flats, Part 2

October 28th, 2019


A sunbathing surprise, and an Eastern Towhee with a curious accent.

Recorded on July 18, 2019 near Dyer's Bay, Ontario, Canada.


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Spooky Songbirding Halloween Special

October 24th, 2019


An autumnal owling adventure in the twilight hour.

Common Raven recorded on January 21, 2018 in Cootes Paradise Sanctuary, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Owling session recorded on October 9, 2019 in Dundas, Ontario, …

S1E5 - The Juniper Flats, Part 1

October 21st, 2019


Warblers abound on the journey to the Juniper Flats of Dyer's Bay.

Recorded on July 18, 2019 near Dyer's Bay, Ontario, Canada. eBird checklist:

S1E4 - Lindsay Tract

October 21st, 2019


The search for an elusive Black-throated Blue Warbler, discovery of a surprise warbler in the parking lot.

Recorded on July 17, 2019 near Lion's …

S1E3 - Otter Lake, Part 3

October 14th, 2019


Trail turns to road, an enthusiastic Black-throated Green Warbler cooperates loudly while Northern Waterthrush tease in silence.

Recorded on July …

S1E2 - Otter Lake, Part 2

October 14th, 2019


Edge habitats and fields yield songful Indigo Buntings, peeved Red-winged Blackbirds and Bobolinks.

Recorded on July 17, 2019 near Cape Chin North, …

S1E1 - Otter Lake, Part 1

October 14th, 2019


Hiking through the rocky alvar reveals talkative Red-eyed Vireos, riled up American Redstarts, and boastful Common Yellowthroats.

Recorded on July …

Preview of Season 1: The Bruce Peninsula

September 12th, 2019


Experience birding by ear in this relaxed-pace acoustic exploration of bird habitats in the Great Lakes region. Premieres on October 14, 2019. …

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