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    Default The evening chorus.

    Maybe it's the time of year, with the sap rising and the birds and bees busy doing what they do, but at close of day (at my allotment, though it could be anywhere, which is why I've posted this here) the song of a few birds begins to swell until it's louder than the ambient noise from the nearby town. I take a radio to the garden, turned low, and went to raise the volume because it was getting difficult to hear the DJ, then twigged what was happening and turned it off to listen to the "evening chorus."

    It's not the first time I've noticed this phenomenon, but it's certainly the most impressive example so far. The presence of so many areas of cover seems to give the birds a confidence boost, despite the occasional raid by a sparrowhawk from the wood, just a stone's throw away. There were robins, wrens, blackbirds, ****, warblers and finches, plus others that I couldn't identify from song alone. The singing swelled and swelled until it was an all-out attack on the senses, yet every distinct thread could be picked out individually. One of those life-affirming moments where you feel completely "plugged-in" to the natural world. Religion doesn't move me, but the phrase (a line of poetry,) "One is nearer to God's heart in a garden than any where else on Earth" was never so true. A spiritual experience, without a doubt.
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    Default Re: The evening chorus.

    We have a copse in the field at the bottom of the garden that runs right up to our rear fence and since the leaf cover returned the trees are alive with 'noisy' birds during the evening.

    Not sure if we have a dawn chorus here though..........
    That's about as big as a fish that big gets
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    Default Re: The evening chorus.

    I was sitting in the back garden tonight, fields right behind my garden and a tree line next to the fence. Always birds singing this time of year, and the morning chorus is great to listen to. Couple of Goldfinches in the garden this afternoon, and they have been appearing more and more over the last couple of years,

    Just before i came in, the Bats were flying around. Robin will be in the garden in the morning, sitting on the fence singing his head off.

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    Default Re: The evening chorus.

    My dawn chorus is about a hundred seagulls squawking at 6 in the morning, wakes me up every day, lovely that harsh vibrant sound, like a baby on steroids, poetry don't come into it. If you have ever wondered why I post early, its not me with a fine constitution; its 7.17 and they are as I write giving me a rendition of the devils symphony.. Trying to hear a robin or two above that racket is a bit difficult; they will be trying to nest soon on the balcony right out side my bedroom window. Nice when they nest, they puke up all over their young and my balcony; bless em. Its not a sparrow hawk I need, I like sparrows , its a seagull hawk, maybe one of those sea eagles with a 6ft wingspan will do.
    Apart from that, love a bit of bird song, the finest I heard was right next to a black cap in a bush once, 3 ft away giving it all. something to behold that was, amazing.
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    Default Re: The evening chorus.

    I could not agree more. Unfortunately all I can hear at the moment are wood pigeons! Let us hope we will soon hear the sound of a cuckoo or nightingale

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    Default Re: The evening chorus.

    Before moving we had a lot of songbirds in the garden but now even though we have trees right outside our bungalow most feathered things we see are Crows some evenings there are 10/12 in the tree outside its like a scene from hitchcocks The Birds.
    •The crow may be caged, but its thoughts are in the cornfield

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    Default Re: The evening chorus.

    In the last couple of weeks where I live we have been treated to the most magnificent dawn chorus, but in the evenings the birds don't seem to be nearly so loud . . . .


    robtherake, that line is from D.F, Gurney's poem . . . God's Garden:

    The kiss of the sun for pardon,
    The song of the birds for mirth,
    One is nearer God's Heart in a garden
    Than anywhere else on Earth.

    Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers.

    Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary. ~

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    Default Re: The evening chorus.

    We only seem to hear them in the morning.
    Recently been watching two Magpies nest building at the bottom of our garden, can't see the nest now with all the leaf cover.

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    Default Re: The evening chorus.

    Quote Originally Posted by thecrow View Post
    Before moving we had a lot of songbirds in the garden but now even though we have trees right outside our bungalow most feathered things we see are Crows some evenings there are 10/12 in the tree outside its like a scene from hitchcocks The Birds.
    Perhaps they're long lost relatives?

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    Quote Originally Posted by markg View Post
    My dawn chorus is about a hundred seagulls squawking at 6 in the morning, wakes me up every day...
    Apart from that, love a bit of bird song, the finest I heard was right next to a black cap in a bush once, 3 ft away giving it all. something to behold that was, amazing.
    For a seaside town, we're a bit lacking in seagulls, but there are very few fishing boats here: seagulls and fishing boats go together like jam and bread. What they do can hardly be described as singing, as you've pointed out, yet I really like it. Of course, my opinion might be a bit different if I had a few hundred as my alarm clock.
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    Default Re: The evening chorus.

    Quote Originally Posted by thecrow View Post
    Before moving we had a lot of songbirds in the garden but now even though we have trees right outside our bungalow most feathered things we see are Crows some evenings there are 10/12 in the tree outside its like a scene from hitchcocks The Birds.
    You should come round here Crow. In the fields behind my house there is a copse by the stream, there must be 100 or more Crows there at times. They are quick to have a go at the Red Kites and Buzzards when they are around.

    I have no shortage of Crow quill's, thats the only good thing about them.

    There are now 3 different pairs of Owls also, Tawny, Barn and Little Owl, don't see the Barn Owls unless I am out at first light. The Tawny often sits in the trees at my back fence. The Little owls i see just about anytime of day i walk over the fields.

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