Chaffinch and Winter Wren

Fringilla coelebs and Troglodytes troglodytes

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Every morning when he walks the dog, retired professor of natural history Peter Slater can identify as many as thirty birds by their song alone. On a walk in a Scottish town with Ari Daniel Shapiro, Slater explains what two common songsters, the chaffinch and winter wren, are singing about, and how even city dwellers can learn to “bird by ear” in their own neighborhoods, with rewarding results.

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Chaffinch, Photo Credit: Blake Matheson

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