The Dawn Chorus

This is an online definition of the dawn chorus.

The dawn chorus occurs when birds sing at the start of a new day. In temperate countries this is most noticeable in spring when the birds are either defending a breeding territory, trying to attract a mate, or calling in the flock. In a given location, it is common for different species to do their dawn singing at different times

The reality for me in Beetley is that for the last ten days or so, the birds in the garden have started this while it is still dark. The noise increases in intensity as different birds join in, then comes the cooing of the pigeons, and the squawking of the crows to cap it off.

It goes on for at least an hour until they calm down, by which time I am wide awake, far too early for my liking. On a good day, I might be able to get back to sleep for a couple of hours, but most days I am left awake, knowing it is too early to get up.

No point complaining. It is a delightful thing to have, especially as it is the only sound, and not accompanied by sirens, traffic, trains, or helicopters.

I just wish those birds would have a lie-in occasionally.

Merry Christmas

Over the past week, I have noticed something happening around the blogosphere.

Early Halloween posts, to be exact. Whether they are already listing films or books with scary or ghostly themes, or talking about haunted houses and paranormal happenings, they are creeping in daily.

A reminder of the date.
It is the 19th of August.
Yes, it’s not even September, and some bloggers are posting about Halloween.

I am notorious for moaning a lot, and coming across as grumpy. But come on! Halloween in August? It gets earlier, and sillier, every year. I’m sure it won’t be long before we get Halloween posts in January, with a ten-month countdown to the ‘big day’.

So in the spirit that seems to be the way of things in blogging, I thought I would also get in early.

Merry Christmas, to all my friends in the blogging community.

There are only 128 days to go, after all.