A Little Background Music Please

One of my friendly little chickadees perched in the weigela bush.
One of my friendly little chickadees perched in the weigela bush. | Source

It occurred to me the other day right out of the blue that wild bird sounds have been in the background for as long as I can remember. In the early summer mornings the ‘dawn chorus’ begged me to rise and start my day; in the fall, migrating geese sounded their honking calls back and forth overhead as they journeyed southward; in the wintertime the energetic chatting of the chickadees and the ‘chink-chinks’ of the woodpeckers filled the snowy air; and in the spring all manner of bird calls rose to echo and perhaps catch the attention of a potential mate.

Heading out into the woods for a walk.
Heading out into the woods for a walk. | Source

On and on it continues year after year, in one ear and out the other. Once in a while we might pause to realize the beauty and sounds that surround us daily, and nightly with the owls and night birds also sending their voices across meadows, forests and fields.

Interrupting the noise of the mechanical mayhem of airplanes, trains and automobiles are the sweet tweets of the wild birds. If I have stress, I look to nature for relief. Tension melts away when I take a walk and listen to the birds—really listen and actually be aware of their existence.

Junco in a snowstorm.  The birds are there no matter what the weather!
Junco in a snowstorm. The birds are there no matter what the weather! | Source

Ever notice how we humans seem to need music to keep us company, to get us through the day and night? Think about it—we get in the car and turn on the radio; come home and pop on the TV. There’s music playing in the grocery store, the Mall, in restaurants, even in elevators! It seems we hate to hear the deafening sound of silence.

Without most of us realizing it, birds have been the background music of the outside world. Not really appreciated by most and laboring in near obscurity, the wild birds have been there for us whenever we needed a cheerful chirp, or a flash of color. Without them we’d be neck deep in insects and all manner of creepy crawly things. There would be considerably less flowers in the world because the birds are important pollinators along with bees and other beneficial insects.

Hairy Woodpecker on oak tree looking for bugs.
Hairy Woodpecker on oak tree looking for bugs. | Source

Trees and shrubs would be riddled with damaging insects like carpenter ants and termites, and would soon die off. Forests would disappear and weeds would quickly take their place, overrunning the countryside. Ponds, lakes, rivers and streams would be choked by noxious plants.

This old world would be a mighty dreary place without the variety of colors and their beautiful songs and cheerful cheeps, even if we only perceive them as white noise in the background. For humans the day is better with music. And for me the best music comes from the wild birds.

Beautiful Blue Jay.
Beautiful Blue Jay. | Source

Do You Listen to the Background Music of the Birds?

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And so I keep harping about not using toxic chemicals and pesticides and herbicides because of their huge negative impact on our environment, particularly our bird populations. They poison and kill off a major source of food for them, while polluting their and our precious water resources.

That is why I will continue to promote the appreciation of our backyard birds and encourage the creation of safe habitats, backyard feeding stations and clean water supplies. I want to always hear the comforting background music of the birds!

Songbirds: A Surround Sound Experience [SACD]
Songbirds: A Surround Sound Experience [SACD]

Learn to identify songbirds while experiencing surround sound on a regular CD player. You'll think the birds are in your house! Also, a very nice way to relax with nature without being out in the elements.

 

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

One of my favorite parts of taking a walk or hike is the sound of the birds. Lovely hub, Pearl! Happy New Year and thank you for your friendship.


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State Author

Billy, thank you so much for your supportive comments. I'm always glad to see you! I am pleased to hear that you enjoy the birds as much as I do. Happy New Year to you as well, my friend.

Pearl


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

I love the sound of birds as it makes me feel the world is good out there. If the birds are singing so should we. Lovely hub with a feel good message. Thanks..for all the support and to you The Best New Year.


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Bumpsysmum 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Fantastic hub. We all seem to need a background of some sort and I can't think of a more peaceful one than the birds. I have a resident Mistle Thrush whose song is so sweet and heralds the early evening. The Robins serenade us all day with the Blackbirds and Chaffinches.

Lovely read, thank you.


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State Author

Bumpsysmum, I'm so glad that you stopped by! Your birds sound so interesting, I'd love to see images of them. We have a shy wood thrush that almost sounds like a flute. I love to hear them in the summertime. Thank you very much for your lovely comments. I'm glad to know that you love to hear the birds as much as I do!

Pearl


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State Author

Hi carol! I am so glad you enjoyed this hub, and I do appreciate your supportive comments. I love that idea--if the birds are singing, so should we. That is so true! Hearing the birds just makes me feel like there is hope and peace to be found. I wish you a wonderful 2013!


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I second that motion! Nothing like the sweet refrains from the feathered populace. Great work, Connie!


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

Great job describing our wonderful part of the world as well as our little musical friends. I often wake early and enjoy listening to these little flyers waking up to greet the day.


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State Author

Hi Deb! The best music to me is the music of the birds. It's nature's way of comforting me! Thanks for your visit Deb, it's always nice to see you, and read your supportive comments.


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State Author

Hey Irish, good to see you as always! I'm very glad to know that you enjoy the music of the birds as much as I do. I can't imagine life without them! Thanks so much for your supportive comments. Much appreciated.

Pearl


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

With birdfeeders, ponds, and birdbath in my backyard, it is easy to see I, like you, love the sound of birds. I may be more aware because my cockatiel begins to sing (or his rendition of singing) whenever he hears the birds outside the window.

Great hub with an important message about pesticides and herbicides.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State Author

tillsontitan, good for you! You are a bird lover after my own heart for sure. I think that's so cool that your cockatiel enjoys bird song as well.

Hopefully my message about toxic pesticides and herbicides will reach a lot of people. It's so important that we stop poisoning our environment! Thank you so much for your supportive comments and the votes. They are very much appreciated.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

The chorus of the wild birds that play in the trees in my yard is simply intoxicating. I keep my windows open as much as possible as they are willing to entertain at all hours. Sometimes early before dawn they are singing and singing....I feel so blessed to have choral entertainment right outside my windows.

When my two year old grandson comes over which is often, we play out back. He will stop often, put his hand to his ear, and say "listen, listen...a bird." He already is in love with those sounds.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

Happy New Year

Sending Angels to you :) ps


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State Author

pstraubie48, what a beautiful and loving comment! Thank you so much. I am so pleased that you and your grandson are so in love with birds. Teaching the next generation to appreciate our feathered friends is just so important to their and our survival. You have made my day!

And thank you so much for sending me Angels--how blessed you have made me feel. Have a Wonderful New Year! :) Pearl


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

So so beautiful my dear friend.; like you Mother Nature is my leading light and I am eternally in awe of her magical music. Again Pearl without a doubt I vote up,across and share all around. Have a great day.

Eddy.


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aziza786 3 years ago

I love the sound of birds, very peaceful and it's nature's way of listening to music. The best for me to listen to birds chirping is very early in the morning. Great article and a pleasure to read, voted up.


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KerryAnita 3 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

This is such a wonderful hub. Beautiful pictures as well! Nature is always a source of calm for me also, including the wonderful sounds of chirping birds. I have these little finches that love to eat worms and insects from my lawn, and they have such a happy little chirp. I love to watch, and listen to them!


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State Author

KerryAnita, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such nice comments. What would we do without our birds?! Your little finches are keeping your lawn bug free for you, without the use of toxic chemicals. This is 'music to my ears'! Lovely to see you again,

Pearl


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State Author

aziza786 I totally agree! I love nature's music the best. The dawn chorus early in the morning is something that starts my day off just right. The birds all seem so happy and cheerful, I can't help but feel the same way! Thank you for your lovely comments and the vote. They are very much appreciated. I'm so glad you stopped by!

Pearl


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State Author

Eddy, my friend, so glad you see you! Thank you so much for your very supportive and lovely comments. You make me smile because you and I share a special love of nature. Your eloquent comments are always a pleasure to receive. Thank you also for the votes and shares, they are very much appreciated. I hope you have a wonderfully happy day! Pearl


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Hello Connie, yes there is nothing quite like a walk to make all that tension melt away!

I agree too nature's music is the best - how I love to hear the birds sing.

Wonderful hub thank you and voted up/awesome


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State Author

Movie Master, so glad you stopped by for a visit! We seem to love the same things. I just cannot imagine not hearing birdsong. That would be a very sad thing indeed. Yesterday even though it was very windy and the wind chill was almost unbearable, my little birds were in the trees chatting excitedly. I'm hoping they were talking about an early spring!

Thanks so much for the supportive comments and votes. It's always a pleasure when you stop by.

Pearl


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Our little bird friends do so much for us on so many levels. My grandboy who will be 3 this month has taught me once again to enjoy the song of the lovelies I so love to watch.

He will hear a bird and cup his hand around his ear, and say, "Listen, listen, Nini, a bird." And I do stop and enjoy and revel in the beauty.

Thanks for the reminder, Pearl, to stop and listen.

Shared, voted up++++


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What a timely article for me. I moved out to the country not long ago, and I so enjoyed the chirping birds that I bought a big sack of wild bird seed. Boy do they love me now!


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State Author

rebeccamealey, good for you! The 'dawn chorus' acts as my gentle alarm clock every morning now, and I love it. Feeding the birds this time of year is important. Mom and Pop need all the help they can get while they're feeding those hungry babies in the nest. So you are helping the parents sustain their energy by providing the sunflower seeds; while they search for insects, caterpillars and so on to feed their nestlings. Bravo!

I'm so glad you stopped by to visit; I very much enjoyed your comment. Have a lovely day ;) Pearl


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State Author

pstraubie, it's is so heartwarming to read about your very young grandson and his awareness of the music of the birds. I think that is awesome! Sounds like he keeps you on your toes, too ;)

Your comments are a joy to read. Thank you so much for visiting me; and for the votes and shares. They are most appreciated.

This time I'm sending you some Angels! Have a marvelous day ;) Pearl

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