The spring is my favourite season of the year. To me, there is nothing more beautiful to listen to, nor peaceful to enjoy, than the sound of birds singing. Our garden is currently alive with blackbirds, wrens, chaffinches, robins, tits and even the odd song thrush, all competing for territory and food.
I cannot think of anything more beautiful in the world than listening to the song of the blackbird as it hops onto a telegraph pole, or perches on a branch. And the sound of a dawn chorus is the voice of nature at its glorious best.
On the wall in our living-room hangs a gorgeous clock that has 12 pictures of various garden birds on its face. On the hour, a different bird sings. The clock has a light sensor so that the bird songs are quiet throughout the night, and grow louder as the light improves. As I have no sight, this is a great indication to me of when the light changes. It is available from the RSPB,
There are also plenty of bird apps for iPhone and Android, my favourite being one by Clever Matrix called Birds of Britain. It provides a wealth of information about the habitat of birds, the migration period, and even has their songs that you can tap to listen to. Some apps also allow you to record birds outside so you can identify their call.
So, the next time you go for a walk, or are busy in the garden, listen to the birdsong around you. After a while, you will be able to identify their call, even if you can’t see them. Make the most of the springtime and the wonderful sounds that it brings.