A quick guide to the birds you’re hearing now in Seattle area

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A robin shoots a worm after a rainstorm in Seattle's Volunteer Park.  (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Times reporter

The birds that are most likely to catch our attention with their songs in early spring in the Pacific Northwest are neither train visitors nor exotic strangers, but good old perennial neighbors.

Next month we’ll be getting some migrants with beautiful songs, said John Marzluff, a professor of wildlife science in the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences who has written books about crows, ravens, and suburban birds. “But the ones who sing now are the ones who are here all year round,” he said.

Here nine birds can be heard as well as comments from Marzluff:

A robin shoots a worm after a rainstorm in Seattle’s Volunteer Park. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

ONMerican Robin (their song is familiar, loud and noticeable)

Dark-eyed Junco

There's a black-capped chickadee hanging out in North Seattle.  (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

There’s a black-capped chickadee hanging out in North Seattle. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Black-capped tit (Listen to the two-tone mating call and the more popular “Chickadee dee dee”)

Pacific wren (“A really long, complex song that is by far the most beautiful song you would hear right now”)

Bewick’s wren (A relative of the Pacific wren, more adapted to urban environments)

A crow visits Magnuson Park.  (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

A crow visits Magnuson Park. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

American crow

Barred Owl

A spotted towhee tweets in a tree in northern Seattle.  (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

A spotted towhee tweets in a tree in northern Seattle. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Spotted Towhee

Anna’s hummingbird