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Songbirding

70 EpisodesProduced by Rob PorterWebsite

Immerse yourself in birdsong 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 seri… read more

70 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

PRRP Goes Songbirding (International Podcast Month Episode)

September 24th, 2020

4:35

Special episode for International Podcast Month. Kenneth Eckle, host of PRRP, goes birding.

About PRRP aka Podcast Reviews Reviews Podcast: On this …

S3E20 - Woodland Cemetery, Part 1

September 21st, 2020

22:48

A morning of rich spring birdsong, this time at the Woodland Cemetery in Burlington, Ontario. Part 1 of 2.

For those with high-frequency hearing loss, you may alternatively download to "Songbirding Under 5kHz".

Credits

Fall Migration at Petrel Point

September 14th, 2020

20:33

The autumn migration is not a great time for hearing full birdsongs, but birding-by-ear is still possible, and useful to help you find all kinds of …

S3E19 - Cape May Warblers

September 7th, 2020

25:58

The Cape May Warbler is a species those of us in southern Ontario get to hear singing once a year, during spring migration.

For those with high-frequency hearing loss, you may alternatively download to "Songbirding …

In Conversation: #Hike4Birds

August 31st, 2020

44:38

A hike & conversation with Sonya Richmond and Sean Morton about #Hike4Birds, their cross-Canada journey. Read more about them at http://comewalkwithus.online

Credits

Recorded, edited, and created by Rob Porter.

S3E18 - Killdeer! Killdeer!

August 24th, 2020

22:29

The Killdeer is one of the most vocal bird species in North America. It may not technically be a songbird, but it will not go anywhere unheard.

For those with high-frequency hearing loss, you may alternatively download …

S3E17 - Sundry Songs

August 10th, 2020

22:25

Exploring the Fifty Point Conservation Area more thoroughly bring sundry songs of Baltimore Orioles, Blue-grey Gnatcatchers, Chipping Sparrows, and …

Learning Birding During COVID-19

July 27th, 2020

27:52

A review of resources for new birders, especially during COVID-19, with a teaser bonus at the end. Also, please note the podcast will be bi-weekly for a bit until things are less busy.

S3E16 - Fallout

July 20th, 2020

20:26

Due to some unusual weather events this year, there were a couple occasions for a "fallout" event locally at the Fifty Point Conservation Area.

For those with high-frequency hearing loss, you may alternatively download …

Soundscape Bonus: Song of the Mourning Warbler

July 13th, 2020

10:30

More Season 3 episodes coming soon. In the meantime, here's a soundscape of a Mourning Warbler, and a few other species, recorded on June 6, 2020 at the Robertson Tract in Halton Region, Ontario.

S3E15 - Songbirding in the Rain

July 6th, 2020

22:52

A near two-week pause on seasonable weather has lead to a heavily backlogged spring migration. The first day of moderate temperatures brought with it rain, but also Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Veeries, and various warblers.

S3E14 - Waterdown Wetlands

June 29th, 2020

22:12

House Wren, Blue-grey Gnatcatchers, Pine Warblers, Northern Parula, Blue-headed Vireos and more have flooded into the Waterdown Wetlands in this …

S3E13 - Overnight Arrivals

June 22nd, 2020

20:07

In migration season, a park's bird population can change dramatically overnight.

For those with high-frequency hearing loss, you may alternatively …

S3E12 - First Warblers

June 15th, 2020

22:08

It's the first of May, and the first warblers are beginning to pass through for spring migration. The early days of warbler migration are a good chance to do some easier birding-by-ear before the more overwhelming parts …

Songbirds of Hamilton 2: McMaster Forest Virtual Field Event

June 13th, 2020

17:20

(Bonus) In lieu of an in person field event I was scheduled to lead around Hamilton, Ontario in June 2020, here's a short virtual tour of one of the …

S3E11 - Ruby-crowned Kinglets

June 8th, 2020

21:31

Ruby-crowned Kinglets are a tiny, fast bird that is often only captured as a blur on any given birder's camera. Here its song has been captured, while migrating through Burlington, Ontario along the shore of Hamilton …

Songbirds of Hamilton 1: Beverly Swamp CA Virtual Field Event

June 6th, 2020

15:09

(Bonus) In lieu of an in person field event I was scheduled to lead around Hamilton, Ontario in June 2020, here's a short virtual tour of one of the …

S3E10 - A Slyness of Fox Sparrows

June 1st, 2020

19:49

The Fox Sparrow spends only a little while passing through the Great Lakes region during spring migration, so time is of the essence to record this whistling little bird's song.

For those with high-frequency hearing …

S3E9 - Sapsuckers & Chorus Frogs

May 25th, 2020

18:54

In Hamilton, the best times to see an hear Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers is a brief window of time in both spring an autumn. Their spring visits also overlap with the emergence of chorus frogs...

For those with …

S3E8 - Rusty Blackbirds

May 18th, 2020

21:43

Spring migration is the best time to see and listen to Rusty Blackbirds outside of their breeding range.

For those with high-frequency hearing loss, you may alternatively download to "Songbirding Under 5kHz".

Credits

S3E7 - Backyard Birdsongs

May 11th, 2020

16:37

The backyard in spring can be full of birdsong.

For those with high-frequency hearing loss, you may alternatively download to "Songbirding Under …

S3E6 - Evening Meadow Sounds

May 7th, 2020

23:48

An evening walk through captures the sounds of nature winding down. Chorus Frogs, Eastern Meadowlark, American Robin, and flocks of Ring-billed Gulls …

S3E5 - Morning Meadow Songs

May 4th, 2020

20:25

The meadows are again full of melodies -- this time a mix of Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Tree Swallow, Eastern Towhee, and more.

S3E4 - Eastern Meadowlark Melodies

April 27th, 2020

21:36

The meadows are full of melodies -- the songs of the Eastern Meadowlark. At the Vinemount Meadows Nature Sanctuary this species, Common Raven, Song …

S3E3 - Lek-side with the American Woodcock

April 20th, 2020

15:01

PEENT! The ridiculous territorial calls and displays of the American Woodcock are featured in this evening out in mid-March.

For those with …

S3E2 - Signs of Spring

April 16th, 2020

20:04

Songs of the Red-winged Blackbird flocks is one of our local signs of spring. Along the Spencer Creek this species, Canada Goose, Black-capped …

S3E1 - The Mockingbirds of Bayfront Park

April 13th, 2020

14:44

Spring is coming, and the Northern Mockingbirds of Bayfront Park in Hamilton, Ontario are getting ready.

For those with high-frequency hearing loss, you may alternatively download to "Songbirding Under 5kHz".

Credits

S2E11 - Fall Migration (it really does start in August...)

April 9th, 2020

43:36

Season Finale. Season 3 coming soon! It may only be the end of August, but what is generally referred to as the fall migration has started in earnest.

Credits

Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

S2E10 - Songs in the Swamp

April 6th, 2020

35:57

As August advances, birdsong becomes more sparse. A walk along the Dofasco Trail then to the Vinemount Swamp shows a great diversity of species, just with a bit less acoustic enthusiasm.

For those with High Frequency …

S2E9 - Drink Your Tea, Eastern Towhee

April 2nd, 2020

13:53

A brief hike in Westover, Ontario where the Eastern Towhee and Field Sparrow are encountered. Also, a brief recording of Eastern Towhee in the Dundas Valley.

Credits

Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob …

S2E8 - Cicayda, Cicahda

March 30th, 2020

28:18

Red-eyed Vireos, Blue Jays, Eastern Wood-Pewees, and a whole lot of cicadas are found along Caleb's Walk and the Ravine Road trails in Cootes …

S2E7 - Grand Ole Osprey

March 23rd, 2020

34:53

Riparian and urban habitats are explored along the Grand River in Waterloo, Ontario. Osprey, Belted Kingfisher, Blue Jay, and many more species are featured.

Credits

Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob …

S2E6 - The Wrath of a House Wren Scorned

March 19th, 2020

28:48

The sounds of a lazy August afternoon hike: green frogs, Red-winged Blackbirds, House Wren, Barn Swallows, and more.

Credits

Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

Music from https://filmmusic.io

S2E5 - The Black-billed Cuckoo Funeral March

March 16th, 2020

27:08

At the Fletcher Creek Ecological Preserve, Common Yellowthroats, Field Sparrows, and two species of cuckoo are found.

For those with High Frequency …

S2E4 - Gnatcatcher vs. Redstart

March 12th, 2020

21:48

Blue-grey Gnatcatchers, American Redstarts, Warbling Vireos, and more are found within Princess Point Park in Hamilton, Ontario.

Credits

Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

Music from

S2E3 - So Similar Sounding: Savannah, Song Sparrow

March 9th, 2020

30:16

A birding walk through Johnson Tew Park in Greensville, including Song and Savannah Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, and an elusive …

S2E2 - Scarlet Tanager, a.k.a. the Sore-throated Robin

March 5th, 2020

32:25

Going deeper into the old growth section of McMaster Forest reveals Scarlet Tanagers, Blue-winged Warblers, Wood Thrush, Red-eyed Vireos, Indigo …

S2E1 - A Ping-Pong Song: Field Sparrows

March 2nd, 2020

32:21

A birding hike through the tallgrass prairie of McMaster Forest in Hamilton, Ontario, featuring Field Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, and Wood Thrush.

Credits

Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

Music …

Birdsong Identification Quiz (Season 1)

February 15th, 2020

22:47

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

S1E23 - Last Hike (Barrow Bay, Part 3)

February 14th, 2020

26:07

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 –

S1E22 - Dark-eyed Junco (Barrow Bay, Part 2)

February 13th, 2020

19:37

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 …

S1E21 - The Hermit Thrush (Barrow Bay, Part 1)

February 12th, 2020

24:40

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 –

S1E20 - St. Jean Point in Soundscape

February 11th, 2020

30:44

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, …

S1E19 - Eastern Wood Pee-uh-wee (Birding Out and About)

February 10th, 2020

29:18

A mix of birding locations around the Bruce Peninsula are explored.

Credits

Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

Creative …

Beginner Birder Tips: Equipment, Learning, Styles of Birding

February 8th, 2020

28:44

Some tips for starting out when birding. Includes discussion on binoculars, cameras, apps, where to find birds locally, how to learn bird …

Show News & Indie Podcasts Sampler

February 6th, 2020

14:15

Some news about Songbirding & trailers and promo reels for a few other independent podcasts you can check out.

S1E18 - The American Redstart (Alvar Bay, Part 3)

February 3rd, 2020

19:44

More warblers, wren, thrushes and some other unexpected creatures on the walk back.

Learn more about the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy at https://escarpment.ca/

Credits

Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by …

S1E17 - Yellow-rumped Warblers (Alvar Bay, Part 2)

January 27th, 2020

29:42

American Redstart, Myrtle Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, and more are found in the Alvar Bay proper.

Learn more about the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy at https://escarpment.ca/

Credits

Recorded, engineered, …

S1E16 - Talkative Winter Wrens (Alvar Bay, Part 1)

January 20th, 2020

30:02

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 - The Song Dogs of Swan Lake (Swan Lake Lane, Part 2)

January 13th, 2020

24:11

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

Credits

Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

Creative …

S1E14 - Common Yellowthroat (Swan Lake Lane, Part 1)

January 6th, 2020

25:46

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

Credits

Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.

Christmas Bird Count Special, Part 2

December 25th, 2019

26:56

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

Credits

Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob …

Christmas Bird Count Special, Part 1

December 22nd, 2019

25:22

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

Learn more about the Christmas Bird …

S1E13 - Nashville Warblers on The Forty Hills Road

December 16th, 2019

19:02

A long winding gravel road through forest and swamp.

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

Credits

Recorded, engineered, …

S1E12 - Brown Creepers (MTB Adventure Park, Part 4)

December 9th, 2019

20:46

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, …

Birding Podcasts Sampler

December 5th, 2019

6:38

Need some more birding podcasts to listen to? Listen to get a sample of 5 other birding podcasts!

S1E11 - The Misidentification of a Broad-winged Hawk (MTB Adventure Park, Part 3)

December 2nd, 2019

32:35

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

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

S1E10 - The Bright Blackburnian Warblers (MTB Adventure Park, Part 2)

November 25th, 2019

20:51

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

22:03

(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 - Blue-headed Vireo (MTB Adventure Park, Part 1)

November 18th, 2019

28:59

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

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

Credits

S1E8 - Backroads of the Ferndale Flats

November 11th, 2019

24:16

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

Recorded on July 18, 2019 near Ferndale, Ontario, Canada.

Discussion: Bad Weather Birding

November 7th, 2019

15:54

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

S1E7 - Ovenbird (The Juniper Flats, Part 3)

November 4th, 2019

22:05

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

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

Credits

S1E6 - The Case of the Towhee With A Curious Accent (The Juniper Flats, Part 2)

October 28th, 2019

24:16

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

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

Credits

Recorded, …

Spooky Songbirding Halloween Special

October 24th, 2019

12:41

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, Canada.

S1E5 - The Chestnut-sided Warblers Are Pleased to Meetcha (The Juniper Flats, Part 1)

October 21st, 2019

24:10

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 - Beer-beer-bees! The Black-throated Blue Warbler (Lindsay Tract)

October 21st, 2019

21:27

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 - Lovely Trees, Warblers (Otter Lake, Part 3)

October 14th, 2019

23:58

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

Recorded on July 17, …

S1E2 - The Brilliant Indigo Bunting (Otter Lake, Part 2)

October 14th, 2019

26:12

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

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

S1E1 - Red-eyed Vireo (Otter Lake, Part 1)

October 14th, 2019

27:55

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

Recorded on July …

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