An Introduction to Song Bird Song Songs
My name is Randy Vanderbilt. I’m an Indiana resident, Virginia native, musician, and avid birder. Writing is not my strong suit, unless it is music/lyrics, which brings us to the reason I am writing this… So please bear with me haha.
My wife, Lisa, caught the birding bug a little over 5 years ago. I always liked birds but didn’t have much interest in learning more on the subject. She bought me a pair of binoculars a few months after she got her first pair so I could bird with her. I went along with it while secretly thinking to myself that it was just a phase and wouldn’t last long.
Shortly after, things changed when Lisa decided to buy a camera. This purchase was supposed to be for her, but from the moment it first arrived, I couldn’t stop messing around with it. Even though I had no Idea what I was doing with my used Nikon D90, I fell in love with taking pictures. This blossomed into a perfect birding companionship; Lisa finds the birds, I take the pictures.
About 2 years flew by and things stayed pretty much the same. I loved taking pictures while Lisa found the birds. I admit that during this time, she learned a lot about birds while I learned a little about photography, but not much about birds. I just always shot every bird I would see and would rely on Lisa for most IDs. Soon enough, an idea would spark that would change my whole perspective on “birding.”
“Hum churdle churdle tweet tweet buzz.” I kept hearing this call from our front yard for a few days. It was very melodic and got stuck in my head. I could hear the notes, I could hear the melody, and that’s when it hit me… instead of all the mnemonic methods that never made a whole lot of sense to me, why not make the bird songs themselves something to get stuck in one’s head as a way to learn calls?
I started to transform the calls into melodies with some musical accompaniment in the form of Rock songs (some different genres as well). From this moment on, my desire to learn more about birds and appreciation for birding was jolted. While I still love taking pictures of birds, it’s way more about the birds than the photos now. Even though the wife and I have been birding for over five years, I truly think my passion for birding started when I began to learn and write, Song Bird Song Songs!