“For the Birds” was written by Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s Executive Director, Matt Clark. Joe Liebezeit, Avian Conservation Program Manager for Portland Audubon is on the mandolin, Abby Sarmac sings, and Kyle Scott plays the singing saw. The track was produced by Seth Lorinczi.
Click here to listen to the track (and if you haven’t peeked at the lyrics below yet, see if you can find all 47 birds in the song).
“For the Birds” lyricsIf I asked you a wigeon, would you answer merganser? Would you tell me a pintail as true as a smew? Well, eider believe you, I’d a grebe with you We wouldn’t buffleheads if it mallard to you Can you condor with candor? Are you goose, are you gander? Can you manage a tanager too? Well dowitcher wanna, with your Northern Jacana On a whimbrel, owl do the same too Pauraque me to sleep Avocet my alarm clock Kittiwake me in the mourning . . . dove Grab me a spoonbill, shoveler in my cereal Snap, Grackle, Pop’s what I love I’ve been heron from some A good parula of thumb Is not to harrier way through your food If you’re fulmar or sora, If your pelican-not fit mora oriole surely be one sorry dude. You’re my ani, you’re my plover Mynah veery own bird lover Will you murrelet me kiskadee you? Whip-or-will that be auk-ward? Willet make you feel bluebird? Albatross-ting you to teal me the truth Well it’s that ptarmigan Wren my bird song must end I’ll sparrow you more silly puns You say you were confused Well, my eagle is bruised But I’ll swallow my pride and be dunlin.