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.