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How do you remember bird song? - asks Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is asking people to share the phrases and methods that they use to remember bird song.

It is part of a number of activities that people can do while they are in lockdown, and get involved with the Trust by sharing their ideas on social media.

In late April and early May, the Trust explains that bird song hits its peak as the male birds sing to claim their territories and attract the attention of females. But it can be tricky to distinguish one bird from another.

The great tit repeats the call 'teacher-teacher'.
The great tit repeats the call 'teacher-teacher'.

According to the Trust: 'A few species, like the cuckoo and the chiffchaff, helpfully sing their own names. Others have well-known phrases. Great tits repeat the call ‘teacher-teacher’ and yellowhammers sing ‘a-little-bit-of-bread-and-no-cheese’. But what about all the others?'

Matthew Capper, head of Public Engagement and Communications, said: “I remember the wren’s song as ‘shrill with a trill’ and a friend of mine is convinced that the blackcap is imitating the Laurel and Hardy theme tune.

“We’re sure people have their own ways of reminding themselves which species is singing and we’d love to know what they are - maybe inspired by what it sounds like the bird is saying or perhaps there’s a local Lincolnshire saying?”

Let the Wildlife Trust know how you remember bird song or any memory tips via Twitter @LincsWildlife or on their Facebook page @LincolnshireWildlifeTrust


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