Meet the Birds of the Delta

Roselie Overby, avid birder, spoke to a group of 15 participants at Earth Day on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  Overby taught participants how to identify birds by song. From a birding app she played the bird’s song and then introduced participants to bird sound mnemonics. She also showed the bird’s picture and talked about their habitat.

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For example, after she played the sound for a Carolina Wren from the app, she said that the mnemonics sound is, “Teakettle, teakettle, teakettle.”

Overby told participants to begin learning bird sounds by learning five at a time. She mentioned that many times you hear the bird and don’t see the bird.

She suggested that beginning birders go to the state bird website: to learn about the birds in our state.

Ms. Overby also suggested using birding apps on smart phone. She further added that most birding guides now have apps: Peterson Birds, National Geographic, Sibley and Audubon. Friends use iBird and BirdLog. A new bird identification app free from Cornell University is Merlin Bird ID. Download time is long for this app. Other online resources that include bird songs:,,

Following her presentation, participants ventured outside to try their new skills.




Using binoculars this young man I hoping to identify a bird.



Louisiana Delta Adventures sponsored Overby’s talk entitled, “Identifying Birds by Song.”


Posted on April 25, 2015 at 5:33 pm

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