By now here in Alabama, we have started hearing the sounds of Spring. Crickets, Bullfrogs and song birds to name a few. Two particular birds we hear are the Whip-Poor-Will and the Chuck-Will's-Widow.

The subject of a classic Hank Williams song, the Whip-Poor-Will starts getting vocal as early as March here in Alabama. They get their name from the sounds they make. I have never heard a song mentioning the Chuck-Will's-Widow but it sounds similar to the Whip-Poor-Will. Do you know the difference?

A friend of mine down in Wilcox county, Big Daddy Lawler posted a quick audio-video of the difference in the two birds calls, non birders are often confused:


A special thanks to award winning photographer Tes Randle Jolly for the use of  her photos

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