In juni, most songbirds will stop singing. The birds have to feed the young birds and so they have less time to sing long and loud. Yet, you still can hear many songbirds singing. Or you see them busy with feeding their young for example. If you would like to learn to recognize songbirds which you can hear and observe in Juni, watch my video below. Do you recognize all of them?
Songbirds in Juni
In the video below I have listed fifteen songbirds. One songbird is still singing, while the other is quite taciturn. Each bird has a number. Those numbers correspond to the numbers you see below the video with the corresponding bird species. Go outside this month and I hope you will see and recognize these birds!
The video with songbirds (numbers below the video)
- Marsh Warbler. Look at the light chest that tends to be yellow, the rather striking eyebrow stripe and of course its song: the clear sounds flow like a fresh waterfall from his throat. In between, it also imitates numerous birds. It lives in rough terrain near reeds and water.
- Wren. One of the smallest birds in our country, but it sings the loudest! A brown ball with a tail that stands upright.
- Chiffchaff. This is sometimes a difficult species to determine, because it looks exactly like the Willow Warbler. The Willow Warbler has light legs, while the Chiffchaff has dark, almost black, legs. Fortunately, the chiffchaff sings its own song, so you can often guess what it is.
- Long-tailed tit. This one isn’t that hard, I guess. More tail than body, I always think when I see the long-tailed tit. Male and female are identical, so you don’t have to worry about that aspect.
- Black redstart. This is a bird that I usually see abroad, but which fortunately also occurs in the Netherlands. It sits on the roof of a house, church or business. And there it sings its ringing song.
- Nightingale. The king of all songbirds has a somewhat dull appearance. But if you look closely, that reddish-brown top is almost as beautiful and deep as his vocals.
- Lesser Whitethroat. The chance that you will still hear this songbird singing in June is very small. Lesser Whitethroat often stopssinging at the beginning of May. It closely resembles its cousin, the Common Whitethroat. You could say that the Lesser Whitethroat is a bit more rounded, a bit more angular.
- Dunnock. A very common songbird that lives happily in spring. Males and females make it a big love party. You can often hear his ringing song from afar.
- Spotted Flycatcher. I think this is a mysterious bird. It races madly after flying insects to catch them in the air. Its song is a simple beep. But definitely special to see and follow.
- Yellow wagtail. In June I always have to do my best to see this bright yellow songbird. It is still in the country, but less noticeable.
- Song thrush. The song thrush no longer sings as exuberantly as in May. But sometimes it still sings intensively in June. Then it sees or hears a rival and then it lets out his clear tones, which it often repeats a number of times.
- Ictirine Warbler. The Ictirine Warbler is an excellent singer. You can still hear it singing in June. With its yellow-green body, however, it does not stand out between the leaves. Look closely in the direction of where its sound is coming from.
- Willow Warbler. The Chiffchaff’s twin brother. Its paws are light and not dark. Its song is a fragile tune that winds down.
- Common Redstart. The cousin of the Black Redstart is a beauty. You can’t miss its orange chest when it is a male. Unlike its cousin the Black Redstart, the Common Redstart lives mainly in deciduous forests.
- Cuckoo. The cuckoo also participates in this video, although it is not actually a songbird. The male is gray with a banded chest. For minutes it sits in the top of a tree singing. The female is even more shy and I rarely get to see it, unfortunately.
Where you can observe these songbirds
Most of these songbirds can also be seen in your area. For example in the garden, park or forest in your neighbourhood. If you live near a forest, or near a swamp area, I recommend you to visit this area. You will almost certainly encounter quite a few birds from this video there. By the way, if you like to do another riddle like this, try to recognize these ducks, or the songbirds in early spring. If you want to learn to recognize even more birds, check out my video channel on YouTube.