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Bird Song

Monday, May 13, 2013

I really love birdjam which provides bird song . . . now an app on my iPhone. And the Audobon bird app too -- up to five different bird conversations per species! Even better of course: listening to birds au naturel!! In nature!

So: this morning a short article in the Globe and Mail caught my eye: it tells me that birdsong is uniquely able to put us into a stage of simultaneous relaxation AND mental focus.

Why? Apparently so long as the birds are singing, there is no danger close by: no lurking leopard. And our ancestors knew that. And our present day brains are still wired that way.

Bring on the bird song. Love to hear the robins and the cardinals early in the morning, even before dawn.


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KATHIC2 5/16/2013 8:49AM

  Very cool. I will check that out.

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_LINDA 5/14/2013 10:45PM

    One of my favorite sounds is Mourning doves, because its so rare to hear them. You must be up very early and their sound is so soft its easily drowned out by other noise and they are shy and will fly away quickly if disturbed. There has been few and far between bird song here as we have a large influx of crows and hawks. We were fortunate to hear a meadowlark on one of our hikes. We have also heard blue jays (what a variety of sound they have) flickers, robins and magpies.
So glad you can enjoy your bird song anytime!

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BOILHAM 5/14/2013 5:02PM

    How interesting. When I hear birds chirping I am instantly pleased too, so we may still be wired that way! Thanks for an interesting blog.

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DDOORN 5/14/2013 9:37AM

    One of my clients lives in a wonderful boarding home run by a couple from Guyana / India where they have a number of birds that they keep. I always smile and appreciate on a milder day when I walk up to this home and the birds are out in their cages hanging on the front porch singing the day away!


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KALIGIRL 5/14/2013 9:28AM

    Here's to the emoticon emoticon

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NANCY- 5/14/2013 7:47AM

    I have noticed that they are especially loud lately. However being loudly awakened at 4:24 am, to the news that there was no danger, was not what I needed at that time.

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SUSANNAH31 5/14/2013 7:41AM

    I do love the birds who begin their songs at dawn, joyously celebrating the arrival of a new day. Their music is a beautiful beginning to anyone's day.

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DEBRA0818 5/14/2013 4:58AM

    Interesting! One of the things I love most about SW Florida are the huge and constant variety of birds singing away in the trees. Some of them instantly bring to my mind lazy tropical vacations dozing away under an umbrella by the ocean, which is just one of many reasons why I love living here so much. emoticon

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PHEBESS 5/14/2013 2:03AM

    May your house be safe from tigers and leopards!

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BOOKAPHILE 5/13/2013 10:55PM

    I love your blogs. Birdsong can be so peaceful and calming to hear. Makes me want to go camping!

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CRYSTALJEM 5/13/2013 9:06PM

    I felt that today when I sat in my thoughtful spot with only the birds, frogs, and breeze serenading my peace.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/13/2013 8:39PM

    Me, too! LOVE the coo of doves that I've been hearing of a morning lately. I've been getting to work early enough to walk around a block or two and listen. There's something about getting outside and listening!

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MEADSBAY 5/13/2013 8:34PM

    It DOES make one stop and go 'aaauuuhhhh....'!

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