International Dawn Chorus Day.

The first Sunday in May is Dawn Chorus Day. This celebration  was started in the 1980s by the naturalist, Chris Baines.  I still have his influential book, How to Make a Wildlife Garden.  The first dawn chorus party was a 4 a.m. gathering to celebrate his birthday. Now it is an international event celebrated all round the world. So this morning, I got out of bed at 4.40 a.m to go into the garden and have a party with the birds. The first thing I noticed was how loud it is. Lying in bed listening to it is just not the same as being out in the middle of it. Standing in the garden surrounded by a glorious symphony of sound on every side was a wonderful experience. It was cold standing out there in my nothings and there was a heavy dew, but it was amazing. I’ve never done it before and I’ll probably never do it again as I’m not an early riser, but I am glad I experienced it. Now I need to learn how to identify the different songs. Maybe you can help identify them. I hope you enjoy the recording I made. If you can get out of your nice, warm bed one morning soon, I can recommend it as an unforgettable experience. And I would love to hear which  birds are singing in your garden.


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12 Responses to International Dawn Chorus Day.

  1. Jo Shafer says:

    They’re twerping and chittering all at once!

  2. Anna says:

    Such beautiful and pure music Chloris. I didn’t manage to get to sleep until very late last night so there is no way that I would have been able to be up with the larks this morning. I wish that I could distinguish different bird songs but sadly can’t. I did enjoy though watching a blackbird and a robin descend on a freshly dug over bed at the allotment this morning both intent on finding an early lunch.

  3. I have never heard of that day and I’m not sure if we do it over here, but it is a great idea. I have gone out in the past to record the birds at dawn. I’m sure we have different birds, but I am excited about a Summer Tanager that has shown up this spring after wintering in the tropics. He is a very loud singer and moves from tree to tree in my yard. The male is red and the female is olive/yellow. They eat insects in the trees, so they are hard to spot and I’ve only seen a female once. Their calls are how I know they are here.

  4. bcparkison says:

    I need to do this because from inside I can’t hear any birds.

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Delightful recording, Liz! I love hearing the dawn chorus (when I am up that early!) and have CDs of birdsong to listen to in the depths of winter when I am missing those summer calls. Right now the most vociferous in my yard are American Robins, Northern Cardinals, Tufted Titmice and various Sparrows. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of various spring Warblers who should be here any day. They are gifted songsters!
    While I don’t believe this holiday is commonly known here, we do have a bird count day on May 9, which is hosted by ebird and Cornell University Lab of Ornithology. It is international in scope and you can learn more here:

  6. tonytomeo says:

    The evenings here have been unusually loud with the howling of the coyotes. They have been exceptionally loud in other regions as well. Some believe to be a result of the diminished traffic.

  7. Cathy says:

    That was lovely! I do keep meaning to get up early to hear it myself, but I am also not an early riser! I will try though! I used to hear the dawn chorus a lot more often when we had an old doggy who had to go out early sometimes, but the birdsong here is wonderful in the evenings as well. In the past few days we have heard a very loud cuckoo… and now two!

  8. Kris Peterson says:

    I love your recorded chorus, Chloris! My husband leaves our bedroom window open and I’ve been hearing lots of dawn choruses here too but I didn’t know there was an International Dawn Chorus Day. I’m afraid I’m no good at identifying birdsong without visual clues. I used to marvel at my mother-in-law’s ability in that area.

  9. snowbird says:

    Oh….how wonderful! I did it once, many moons ago and was stunned by the variety of birdsong. I’m not an early riser but listening to this has tempted me to give it a go. I love the deep throated

  10. Cathy says:

    The Golfer recognised a blue tit and a blackbird but admits to being a bit rusty, We have a gadget called a BirdMIke which helps identify them which he has recently dug out a cupboard whilst doing some lockdown tidying – although it’s a bit disconcerting when you suddenly hear (as now!) strange bird song coming from another part of the house! ps I didn’t hear any collared doves in your recording…;)

  11. Fantastic recording! Wonderfully melodious and uplifting!

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