A Guide to Birdsongs You Can Hear in The UK

There is something truly mesmerising about nature with all its sounds, scents and experiences. Whether you decide to sit in your backyard or take a hike in the countryside, there is always the sounds of nature that first grab your attention. Bird spotters and watchers who delight in the lives of birds and their beautiful songs are still on high alert when they hear a unique bird singing in the background. In the UK, there are several bird and nature enthusiasts that are greeted with songbirds and their beautiful music, right in their backyards too. There is never a need to stray too far away from home to hear the melody of the birds in the UK. However, it is almost impossible to be able to identify a bird just by their bird song if you are a beginner to bird watching.

Using Resources to Identify

Thanks to the development of technology, today, there are several apps and websites that have a ton of information about the different birds and their bird songs that you can expect. Simply, turn on the record button on the apps or the website, and you can record the sound of the bird, and with a sound match, the apps are usually able to give you the information you require. If you still don’t have any luck, then you can always record the sound and send it to fellow bird watchers who have experience in identifying the songs and ask for help. The odds are most people don’t have the patience or the time to record the song and send it to people, so here is a quick guide to help you.

  • Robin – The beautiful little robin has a warbling sound that is usually short phrases and has more significant gaps in between their notes. The whole phrases can be very piercing or can sound sweet and pleasing to the ear
  • Chaffinch – The chaffinch is usually best heard by itself. The songs of the chaffinch are generally slow and very clear notes that sound like ‘chip chip’. These birds typically speed up their sound and finish their song with a massive flourish. Many bird watchers say that the Chaffinch’s song is similar to that of a medium pace bowler’s footfall. The song has some prods and then picks up in speed, goes high up to the climax when the end of the end is near.
  • Jenny Wren – This beautiful UK native is a very excited bird when it comes to its singing. The singing is often fast and hurries. They are usually so fast that they perform 700 notes in a single minute. Don’t judge this bird by its small appearance, because the sounds that it resonates is loud and strong.

Remember, that sometimes, these birds sing together and it is absolute fun and fulfilling moment that any bird admirer can experience. While these three birds are probably the most common ones you would hear, here are other ones like the coot, grebe, mallard, the carrion crow or even the wood pigeon that make sounds that go with the bird orchestra.