Roaring traffic, honking horns, barking dogs, singing birds, rushing water... which sounds do you hear outside your windows every morning? I lived for several years just a stone's throw from one of our region's busiest freeways, and the sounds awakening me in the morning were comprised solely of traffic noises, with shrieking sirens, thwapping traffic helicopters, or car alarms joining in for the occasional chorus. Now, I live in a quieter location, where I can still hear cars driving past on the busy road a few streets over, and on the highway down in the valley, but thanks to the larger presence of nature here, a much-missed bit of music has returned to my daily routine in the form of the dawn chorus. At about 4:45 every morning, a lone robin will welcome the dawn and proudly belt out his cheerful song outside my window, joined not long after that by a few other robins, song sparrows, and a handful of other birds I can't yet identify by voice.
There's just something so pleasant about being awakened by a cheerful song every morning, and this phenomenon was celebrated on May 1st; International Dawn Chorus Day. I never knew there was such a thing - it seems more popular in the UK than here in the US - but I can certainly get on board with celebrating the musical magnificence our avian neighbors treat us with every morning.
I came across this interesting film, recording the dawn chorus in three different locations in the UK. Aside from being lovely to listen to, it's also interesting to note how the songs change from one location to another. Some are solely bird noise, and others incorporate human noises as well. It's a big long, but take a listen! Each of the three dawn choruses are briefly played at the beginning of the film, if you're not up for the whole thing:
Spring Symphony from BrownPolar on Vimeo.
Now, back to my original question: what songs do you hear outside your windows every morning? Whether you love your dawn chorus or wish you could hit "mute," please share what you hear in the comments below!