Viola Stirling’s Nature Diary, 12th – 23rd February 1920

One of the first signs that spring is just around the corner is the unmistakable sound of birds singing.

Birds use their voices to communicate for a variety of reasons. For example, they can produce short specific alarm calls to acknowledge threats.

One of the most recognisable sounds, however, are the melodic songs of passerines. As Viola states, however, if you haven’t sung for over six months then you might sound a little hoarse! More often than not, birds will use their songs to attract a mate and show their territory.

Do you have a favourite bird song? Included below are two of our favourites!

Transcript

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12 Feb. I heard birds singing this morning. Very hoarse

but very delightful. Spring seems very near now.

20 Feb. 12 noon Saw tits mating

23 Feb. 11.30 a.m. Saw two pheasants pairing.

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Birds seem to fight for their mates; and then chase the bride-

-elect all over the place till she is caught when she

administers several sharp pecks to her lover and then

proceeds to meekly help to build the nest.

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