It begins before dawn with a lighter pattern of tweets and sounds I have no name for and by the time I push back the duvet and slip from the bed, it sounds as if a chorus has joined the few who began the morning wake up. There are a variety of reasons birds may sing in the morning. I found an interesting bit of information explaining why the music is so loud in the early morning hours on a BBC site here.
Spring it seems may have a good deal to do with the frequency and volume of the bird sounds that wake me each morning like a natural alarm clock. Bird songs are important in the breeding cycle which is why if you’re a light sleeper like I am, you can count on waking to a chorus of males each trying to out sing each other as mating season begins. It puts me in mind of a bird form of American Idol or Simon Cowell’s original version, The X Factor.
According the the BBC link above, some of these birds even imitate the songs and sounds of other birds just to add to their repertoire. It’s kind of like Danny Gokey choosing to sing some of Daughtry’s tunes rather than his own…it may show a bit more versatility, but does nothing to attract the female (bird) fans who are looking for a fit healthy male of their own species. So if you’re moving to the tunes of nature early in the morning like I am, you can put away your alarm clock for a while because the music of the morning will last from January through July as the votes are counted and the winners fly off to begin another round in the cycle of life.
very interesting. i love waking to the song of birds.
Fantastic cat photo. Is this your cat? So beautiful the way his eyes match his coat. I say “his” – just looks like a boy to me. I love the way you have captured him in his element – so intense and ready.
You have perfectly captured the leonine majesty of the domestic cat—they are all lions in their hearts.
Your last few posts have been really, really lovely. Keep ’em coming!