Monday, May 26, 2008

Evening Bird Song

Orchard Oriole

When Mom visits from Mexico in the spring, she comments on the bird songs that awaken us in the morning. In Mexico, roosters and braying animals bring a harsh and noisy start to the day before dawn, but song birds are not heard. I love having the bedroom window open a little to hear our birds greet the day.

Song Sparrow

Those who are not morning people can hear an even larger bird song mix in the evening. I never understand why people walk on trails plugged into their MP3 players. When we got our first colour Macintosh Performa computer in 1995 (the girls called it our first real computer), we had a game called Amazon Trail.

Grey Catbird

As you trekked through the rain forest, flashes of colourful birds and bird sounds came from the screen. Last evening I felt like I was in a movie or bird game. The birds and songs were everywhere. I caught a few singers but many more were hidden in the trees.

Yellow Warbler

What a great way to end the day!


  1. Just this morning when I went out to get the paper, I just stood there on the driveway soaking in the loud symphony going on around me... so much happy birdsong! Mornings are much more active than evenings around here, and I agree with you Ruth, waaaay better than an MP3 player!

  2. I'm not a morning person, but I love the morning birds. We have a Towhee that sings his little heart out every morning. What a treat for the ears.

  3. I love that last picture ... that little warbler just belting it out!

  4. Anonymous1:59 pm GMT-4

    Those birds beat almost any music I have on my MP3 player. The entire point of hiking for me is to tune out and get unplugged.

  5. I'm so glad that reading your blog reminded me how much I enjoy birds. Just got back from 2 trips; one to South Dakota and one to the desert southwest. Hawks, eagles, red-winged blackbirds, condors, wild turkeys, pheasant, swallows galore, and some black bird with a yellow-orange head. And a dove that looks like a mourning dove but with a not very nice dove noise. Time to get some binoculars.

  6. Anonymous5:54 pm GMT-4

    Our neighbor's burro with laryngitis
    died so that bray is over. Friday I started hearing a really beautiful song,up and down the scale & at times triads. Finally I looked at the top of a very tall pine and saw a flash of yellow. Thought it was my friend Kiskadee but it was a Western Meadowlark. It was beautiful and continued for 20 minutes. According to my Natl. Geographic Bird Book, it is one of the most beautiful songs in the West. I loved the warbler.

  7. Anonymous6:08 pm GMT-4

    Along with my step-daughter and son we hiked the Doon Trail this past Saturday morning. (And I'm sorry I have not done this sooner, what a beautful trail). On the way back we heard a powerful song being bellowed from a tree. Being so green at birding, I wasn't able to figure out exactly what he was, but the little yellow warbler from you pics is pretty close. He was a cute little guy, as bright as the sun with a huge set of lungs. I was thrilled as was my step-daughter.

    And once again...absolutely gorgeous pics!

  8. Anonymous8:04 pm GMT-4

    Before sunrise the birds waken us with their chirps and calls, such a nice way to start the day. Much better than the radio.

  9. Anonymous8:22 pm GMT-4

    One of the best things about living where I do is the fact that we have a natural alarmclock! I couldn't think of any other way of living!

  10. The birdsong here is incredibly beautiful both morning and evening. When we were in the eastern US a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that the birdsong sounded like a foreign language!

  11. Jayne- You have so many more songbirds around your house than we do. I would love to hear their chorus.

    NCMW- I have never seen a Towhee and will have to look up its song. The birds perform their big concert twice a day so people like you don't miss it ;-)

    CS- I should have taken a video of the warbler. It was making a lot of music for a little bird.

    SG- I don't even have a MP3 player. I never got into Walkmans either. Hiking is a multi sensory experience.

    FMDoc- Your trips sound so interesting. The west and the desert have much different birds than we do in the north east. I find looking a birds so stress relieving. You must get some binoculars.

    Mom- I am sure there will another hoarse burro nearby by the time I visit again. Meadowlarks do have a beautiful song. I have a picture of a singing Meadowlark too, but it is a little too grainy to post.

    Cheryl- Glad you enjoyed the trail. It is one of my favourites. There are lots of Yellow Warblers about. They really can sing, so I imagine that is what you saw. Great that you took the kids too!

    Jan and Monarch- I don't need an alarm clock or radio in the spring and summer!

    Karen- that is interesting...the bird population is very regional. I really have to visit the west.

  12. I like all your singing birds - very neat pictures! It's one of the first things we do in the spring - open our windows and let in all the bird songs and calls. Kind of nice after being closed in all winter. :)

  13. I miss the morning birdsongs because I'm already at work, but right now I'm listening to the oriole, robin, wren, cardinal, chipping sparrow and cowbirds all singing in my backyard. I'm just happy it's finally warm enough to have the windows open to enjoy these evening songs.


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