Friday, May 30, 2014

Listen To The "Dawn Chorus" Of Robins And Wrens At The Montlake Fill

Connie Sidles, local birding expert who maintains a blog documenting the many types of birds, including beautiful pictures, at the nearby Union Bay Natural Area, also known as the Montlake Fill, recently wrote a post about the beautiful bird sounds in the neighborhood:


Dawn Chorus
May 16th, 2014
In spring and summer, many of our songbirdsstart singing well before dawn, filling the darkness with cascades of liquid notes. Birders call this the dawn chorus. Two species who start especially early and sing a long time are American Robin and Bewick’s Wren.

Both species can be heard at Montlake Fill right now, if you get up early enough to hear them! Actually, they both sing well into midmorning as well, so if you’re not a morning person, go ahead and sleep in a bit, drink your coffee, and get fully awake before you set out.

But I encourage you to make the effort to listen to the dawn chorus as well. It is ethereally lovely.

Here is a poem for you today:
I walked the trail this morning
before the robin sang,
and the wren.
Before the world woke.
Wild nature and I, alone.
At peace.

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