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July 2018 by V. R. Duin


That winter Dolly screeched out marching orders
To those many, messy, mooching boarders.
“Ack, Ack! Ack! Wipe your feet!
Ack, Ack! Ack! You must be neat!”

An “early bird” is likely to be an early diner for whom an early start gives a bird's-eye view of early bird specials and freedom to rule the roost with early morning bird chatter.

Focus is critical to learning new things and achieving huge goals. There may be some loss of focus after rude awakenings by the early chirping, crowing, squawking, chattering and calling.

Birds may awaken earlier due to the sky glow. The European Commission discusses the health effects of Artificial Light from incandescent, fluorescent, LED and strobe bulbs.

Exposure to artificial lighting comes with today's 24/7 world. Artificial light breaks the natural circadian rhythm, confusing day and night. Places do not reach full darkness. Birds get off track with travels.

Health problems affect people and animals. For people, effects include obesity, depression and sleep disorders. In animals, problems with migration, reproduction, sleep and disease transmission are induced.

Nighttime lighting may be affecting the growth of plants. They may be killed by cold when they grow before the growing season. The harvest season may be delayed by abnormal lighting patterns.

Late work and study nights may make early morning noise hard. Female birds may be attracted by the earliest of male bird calls. People and other animals may have problems with this constant noise.

The world is competitive. Arriving without delay may help capture worms before others awaken. Not every “early bird” eats worms. Parrots eat worms. Hummingbirds do not eat worms.

Early birds may be early diners. “Early bird” specials at dining places reflect avian nature. Most birds are ahead of the line. They enjoy the special of the day from their favorite spot.

Once the rush starts, popular food may run out. Early morning bird chatter may be in celebration of getting food. The noisy chatter of latecomers may reflect upset about not finding food.

Have you ever seen a bird in a hurry? Birds start early, so they do not need to rush their day. The day comes to them. It is a bit of an ego boost to have the dawn of the day to one's self.

Sky glow may hurt flying insects as well as birds in outlying areas. While bugs gather around streetlights, birds find a ready feast. Country birds may not have this advantage. Bugs may not gather for them.

Few people want to catch the glow of sunrise. At dawn, birds may rule the roost. They can do their thing without competition from workday sounds. This may give cause to boast with avian chatter.

Artificial lighting may be harming the ecosystem. Many of us see few stars in the night sky. We need to notice the physical, mental and emotional changes lighting is causing for plants, people and other animals.

The nighttime is a time of action for many animals. Nocturnal species, like owls and nighthawks, depend upon the cover of darkness for hunting. Sounds are heard more clearly before daytime noise picks up.

Those who arrive without any fluster may feel no need to make noise. Scientists believe early morning bird chatter may be a territorial warning for others. People and animals are starting earlier and earlier.

Protective bird rackets may be put to good use. Floods of robocalls, spam calls and spoofing by telemarketers, political parties and hucksters may be stopped with a rush of angry, chattering bird noises.

Screeches and squawks cannot be used to fake unwanted purchases. Turn the table on robocalling scammers. Spoofers may promise to “call back later”. They probably won't.