The Sound of Morning, Dark of Night

in Entertaining nonsense and profound thought

ETA: Delia pointed out an excellent reference so I’m adding the names of the birds as I find them. Thanks D!


I walked out of the house this morning to a cacophony of sound. The first thing I do each morning is take the puppy out side. Normally it’s pretty darn quiet at that time of day – 6 or 6:30. This morning it was like walking into an aviary. I counted at least five different bird calls, and I wish I knew which birds they belong to.

The Twee, Twee or sometimes Twee, Twee, Twee is very familiar, and I’ve been hearing that little guy for a couple of weeks now. ( Blacked Cap Chickadee)

bear 014Then there’s the Whoo, whoo of the Mourning Dove and the tap tap tap of the woodpecker. Those are two I can identify.

One of them sounds like Chee Chee Come Here. (White Breasted Nut Hatch)

Another Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. (Downy Woodpecker)

Then there’s one that makes so many different noises that I can’t even begin to figure him out. (Robin – I think. Could also be a Gold Finch I’m hearing. I’ll have to listen more carefully tomorrow. Also could be both…)

I taped some bird sounds last summer, but the file was too big to load on WordPress. I wonder if I could make it smaller…

That has to wait until I get home, meanwhile do you know any of those birds? Can you name birds by their songs? I wish I could. Besides the obvious ones like doves and loons.

Another observation. This time of year is fabulous for star gazing. The sky is clear, it’s not so cold that you freeze to death and the bugs aren’t out biting yet. Because I live in the country it’s actually dark around me and the stars are brilliant. You should try it sometime. Last night I saw a meteor falling. Beautiful.

Not my house, but it could be.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Judy, Judy, Judy April 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

We got some serious birdage here, too. I can’t say I hear them at 630 am – or hear anything for that matter. But they’re definitely there the rest of the day. And we have some bats at night.


KarenB April 9, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Bird calls: I know the chickadee and the towhee because they say their name, the cardinal (cheerio-cheerio), mourning dove, and that might be it. And, yeah, it’s suddenly gotten noisy out there like they all just figured out it was spring and they needed to get going on the mating, nesting season.


Delia April 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Here’s an excellent resource for you, Katie-Kate. 🙂


Kate April 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Thanks, D! I’m always on the lookout for resources. Cool Beans!


Skye April 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Beautiful! I love birds and cannot distinguish them from their songs for the most part. There were tons of different birds in the nature park I used to walk in and I could never see the birds, just hear them calling.

And the stars at night! I haven’t lived in the country ever, so I make do with the smaller amounts of stars I can see in well-lit areas.

How is the puppy doing with his potty training?


Kate April 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Ah, yes, potty training. It’s mixed. We have a couple of good days and then an accident. But the accidents are farther between all the time, so I guess it’s a success.


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