scribbles tagged ‘dawn chorus’

introducing Dawn Chorus

Monday, July 12th, 2010 | tags: , , ,  |

Summer morning’s in Sheepwash start with the cheerful hubbub of the local dawn chorus. 

Turning-over in the thick, crisp, white, ironed sheets and taking a deep breath through my downy pillow is like a dream come true, my idea of perfection. Not so different from the wendy house, where the sheets aren’t ironed.  There is no phone or TV in my room.  There is an internet connection. Simplicity and power.

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birdsong addicts

Friday, June 26th, 2009 | tags: , ,  |

why I love England #11:   birdsong

Sound engineers play birdsong on a dis-used radio channel.   The channel became very popular.    People were OUTRAGED when the birdsong  channel was closed down.   I am SO lucky because I can just open a window or door and hear the little blighters bickering away.     Jolly good show

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get orf moi land

Sunday, June 14th, 2009 | tags: , , , , , ,  |

get orf moi land,

or  in regionally more accurate terms    ‘OI!   git orrrf my lahnd with the optional extra ‘OAR isle shoooooot yew” is often creatively  used by Bristolians to deal with all sorts of naughty intrusiveness.

Twigletssomeone hogging the twiglets?     ‘OI! git orrrf my lahnd…’

Seattle symphony stealing your artwork? ‘OI git orrrf my lahnd OAR else….

Seattle symphony orchestra is (allegedly) stamping on your emotions:   ‘OI git orrrf my lahnd OAR isle shoooooot yew

A birdy around the Wendy House garden has a reasonable variation on this call,   here she goes,   sat in the neighbours Rowan tree:

(18 seconds of chirpy   & wobbly camerawork warning)

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has someone strangled the dawn chorus?

Friday, May 5th, 2006 | tags: ,  |

was their compulsive  chatter too cheerful to swallow?  

it drowned the silences in someone’s life  

that someone,  using a  taut silk scarf,   stopped the air to their songs  

now their silences float in, riding the morning tide


Dunlin's fly over the incoming tide at dawn


note:   inspired by the theme of a night-long converation with a drunken suicidal anarchist circa 1988.    My dawn chorus is loud and clear every morning in my inbox

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Birds immitate mobile phone ring-tones

Sunday, May 1st, 2005 | tags: , , ,  |

Today is International Dawn Chorus Day.

The Gaurdian newspaper reported that songbirds imitate mobile phone ring-tone back in 2003. Excerpt:

Starlings have begun to imitate the ring tones of mobile phones. Researchers at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), and in Denmark, had noticed over the past year that the birds are adapting their mating calls.

Starlings, well known as mimics, are members of the same family as the mynah bird. But until now they have limited their mimicry to that of other bird songs or, in some cases, shepherds whistling at sheep dogs. “The birds incorporate the sounds because it is believed that the richer the sound, the variety of tones it has, makes the male more attractive to the female,” says a spokesperson for the RSPB.

The phenomena was reported in Australia in 2001: Wierd news

Nature imitates technology, technology then imitates nature. As ringtone providers include Birdsongs in their repetoire.

Wendy loves-a-story-that-spirals

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