It’s that time of year again – the air smells sweet and the ground is covered with a beautiful carpet of bluebells. Waking up to the stirring sound of birdsong is bliss, it’s a lovely soundtrack that provides an ambient background to early morning activities and, the best part, it’s free to whoever will listen.
May 5th marked International Dawn Chorus Day. If you missed it, why not have a listen to some birds singing on the RSPB website and, better still, get yourself outside! Right now, you can witness plenty of stunning acrobats of nature, Swifts, Swallows, and Martins. If you’re quick, you’ll bag some amazing photos!
Why do birds sing?
Singing, of course, is all about male birds trying to attract a mate. It’s like nature’s very own version of Britain’s Got Talent – birds vying with each other, showing off and trying to convince the females that their fine tunes are proof of their ability to be a fit father! Singing is also a way of males attempting to hold their turf and lay claim to a particular female by singing louder than any others. So that beautiful sound of the dawn chorus is actually all about the males telling the females that they’re still there and, just in case a newcomer has snuck in, the territory is theirs.
Why in the spring do we get to experience such a wonderful natural musical concert? In May and June, our resident bird population is swelled by all the migrant birds visiting from Africa. Listen later in the day as dusk falls and you’ll hear another chorus of singing – this is often provided by male Nightingales trying to lure females for a romantic sunset!
Everyone seems to lead such busy lives, sometimes it’s nice to just take a moment and tune into nature – birdsong is calming and as effective as a mindfulness session, try it!
Looking for a spring vacation in Scotland?
What better environment in which to enjoy the sound of birdsong than Alexander House. It’s back to nature with all mod cons – breathtaking views, a fantastic area for walking, away from the hustle and bustle of ‘normal’ life with only sheep and cattle as your nearest neighbours. You can enjoy all of this from the very comfortable base that is Alexander House, where you can indulge in a soak in the hot tub whilst sipping a glass of bubbly. Stay in the house itself with family or friends or treat you and your loved one to a cosy retreat in one of our yurts or even our new glamping cabin, Juniper!