The Birds

I was wondering how the birds that we grew up with, and those we’re around, effect us?  I don’t think there’s any denying that sound effects our brain and our energy.

Here’s what I found from an article written by Denise Winterman (BBC Magazine, 2013)…

What makes birdsong so special is that it relaxes people physically but stimulates them cognitively, says Julian Treasure, author of Sound Business and chairman of noise consultancy The Sound Agency. Birdsong creates a state he calls “body relaxed, mind alert”.

“People find birdsong relaxing and reassuring because over thousands of years they have learnt when the birds sing they are safe, it’s when birds stop singing that people need to worry. Birdsong is also nature’s alarm clock, with the dawn chorus signalling the start of the day, so it stimulates us cognitively.”

I was raised in ATL.  I remember the blue birds, blue jays, cardinals, mocking birds, hawks, Robins, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and others. They are wonderful creatures; all with their own unique habits and sounds.  People  raised in other parts of the world know different birds and their sounds. But, what about the specific sounds? The different frequency, pitch, and tone? And, what about folks in the city, where the birds are mostly limited to pigeons?

I stop what I’m thinking nearly every time i hear the cry of a hawk.  It has a similar effect to that of a bell. It invades me completely, and I enjoy it. My world seems to stand still for a second or two.  I also take the time now and again just to watch and listen to the birds.

Do you know all of the birds around you, or at least the most common ones?  Can you tell their sounds apart?  Whether you recognize them by name or not, they’re still there, and I’m certain they have an impact of sorts; both conscious and subconscious .

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