The American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
Many mornings start for me with one of the cable news programs, as I am something of a news junkie. I chose instead to start this day by listening to the sounds of the birds in my neighborhood.
One of the first birds to start singing this morning was a Northern cardinal, which has an unmistakeable collection of songs. I next noticed several American robins singing to each other, faint echoes bouncing between the nearby houses.
Mourning doves can often be heard at dawn and dusk in my neighborhood, and a pair of these lonesome-sounding birds answered each other several times a minute. We have a seemingly endless supply of House wrens that gather near my house, and their rhythmic chirping served as background to the solos of the other birds that sang today.
If you click on the above links you can hear the individual songs of the birds. I think I will record the collective avian symphony some morning to share the music of my neighborhood with others.
For me listening to birds is a form of meditation, a way to temporarily clear my head of anxieties and stress. I only wish I had more time to while away in the reverie of the natural music that surrounds us.