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Blind birding: Listen and name that bird

Donna Posont leads her young students on a birding excursion. Courtesy University of Michigan-Dearborn

Binoculars and cameras are standard equipment for many bird enthusiasts, but not the Michigan Bird Brains youth birding team. Sightless, these birders rely solely on their ears to identify the cardinals, bluebirds, titmouses and other species native to the Dearborn Michigan Woods.

Group leader Donna Posont, who is also blind, discovered "birding by ear" when she began hiking solo four years ago. She uses recordings to learn the calls and songs that help her identify different species, and has taught her young students to do the same. Once a month, Posont leads her students on a trail, where they put their knowledge to work.

Read on to see if you can identify bird species by their calls alone and learn more about the Michigan Bird Brains from CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds.

Bird photos and recordings are provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Mourning Dove or Northern Cardinal?

**one-time use only** Vernie Aikins/Judy Howle

The answer is ... Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal Listen: Judy Howle

Blue Jay or American Crow?

**One time use only** Marie Lehmann/Paul Powers

The answer is ... American Crow

American Crow Listen: Paul Powers

American Robin, American Goldfinch or Northern Cardinal?

**One time use only** Lynne Marsho/Bill Chitty/Judy Howle

The answer is ... American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch Listen: Bill Chitty

Northern Mockingbird, Eastern Bluebird, Mourning Dove or Baltimore Oriole?

**One time use only** David Clement/James Hendrickson/Vernie Aikins/David K. Disher

The answer is ... Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole Listen: David K. Disher

Black-capped Chickadee or Red-tailed Hawk?

**One time use only** Shirley Gallant/Donald Metzner

The answer is ... Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee Listen: Shirley Gallant

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