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Learning songs can be helpful in myriad ways, including distinguishing Eastern Towhees from Spotted Towhees (seen here). Eastern Towhees will sing “drink-your-tea,” while Spotted Towhees usually shorten it to “your tea.” Keith Corliss

Birding more than watching

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I sometimes wonder if I would have gotten a head start 30-some years ago if it had been called something other than “bird watching.”

The phrase implies, after all, a strict adherence to the visual sense. Maybe I was simply too literal in my interpretation. It’s very likely this circumstance stifled my appreciation of avifauna at the beginning. It took some time and some mentoring for me to understand that listening to birds is arguably more important than seeing them.

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