I’m sure like many the sound of Parisian voices joined together in song as Notre Dame burned, was an uplifting moment in the face of a tragedy. It reminded me of just how wonderful the sound of life can be when many voices are raised together and that at this time of year we have a daily opportunity to hear the incredible sound of all the birds that live around us raising their voices each morning in the Dawn Chorus.
If you’ve never got up early to experience a Dawn Chorus from your garden April is the month to give it a go. Many of our resident birds may have built their first nests, laid eggs and be raising young by now but the males will still be singing a short time before and after dawn. Singing early in the morning is thought to be mainly about defending a territory but there is something amazing in hearing many different voices from a variety of species all joined together in this cacophony of natural sound every morning.
It’s worth starting to listen a good hour before dawn, often Robins will be the first to break the silence closely followed by Blackbirds. In urban areas there may only be a few species adding to the Dawn Chorus and it can be easier to pick out individual songs. Get out into a mixed habitat including woodland and throw in the many woodland species into the mix and it can be become difficult to pick out individual singers among the throng.