Early Start to Morning Bird Chatter
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. An “early bird” gets an early start for early morning bird chatter. There may be some benefit in starting to work in the early morning and doing things immediately. The distractions that happen during the day can cause a loss of focus. There may be some loss of focus after rude awakenings by the early chirping, crowing, squawking, chattering and calling. Few people want to be awakened by noise before dawn. Birds may awaken earlier due to the sky glow. Artificial lights reflect against clouds in the night sky. These lights hurt normal patterns. Birds get off track with nighttime travels for food or other purposes.

Sleep is critical to performance. Artificial Light from incandescent, fluorescent, LED and strobe bulbs may be stimulating an earlier start for this early morning bird chatter. In addition to loss of sleep, people and other animals may suffer damaging health effects from exposure to artificial lighting in today's 24/7 world. Artificial light breaks the natural circadian rhythm. This causes physical mental and emotional changes in plants, humans and other animals during times of day and night. It is light-related.

Health problems are caused by artificial light. For people, these may include obesity, depression and sleep disorders. In animals, artificial lighting is causing problems with migration, reproduction, sleep and disease transmission. Nighttime lighting may be causing the early growth of plants. Plants may be killed by cold when they grow before the warm growing season. It also can delay the harvest season. Late work and study nights may make early morning noise especially hard. Early morning bird chatter may be constant. Female birds may be attracted by the earliest of male bird calls. People and other animals may have problems with this noise.

There is a lot of competition. Being early may help a bird capture the worm, merely by beating others to it. Not every “early bird” wants to eat a worm. Parrots do eat worms. Hummingbirds do not eat worms. Early birds may be early diners. Although some birds forage all day, starting early may give some advantages over the competition. Early birds do not wait in line. “Early bird” specials at dining places perfect for the nature of many birds. 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. Unfortunately, latecomers may not find food. Their noisy chatter may be about this upset.

Have you ever seen a bird in a hurry? Birds get start early, so they do not need to rush their day. While bugs gather around streetlights, birds find a ready feast. The day comes to them. As a result, early birds tend to get the best seats — the ones with a bird's-eye view —. They arrive without any fluster. They feel no need to make noise. They have a dignified approach to the day. Country birds may not have this advantage. Bugs may not gather for them. Sky glow may hurt flying insects as well as the birds in outlying areas.

Few people catch the glow of sunrise with these early starters. In the early morning, “early birds” may truly rule the roost. Birds can do their thing without competition. It is a bit of an ego boost to have the dawn of the day to one's self. This may give cause to boast with bird chatter. However, it is also a time to question how artificial lighting may be harming the ecosystem. Many of us have noticed there are few visible stars in the night sky. There are many other effects, as well. Night birds, like owls and nighthawks, depend upon the cover of night for hunting. Many places do not reach full darkness.

The nighttime is a time of action for many animals. By getting an early start, people and animals can experience the calm before the storm of human traffic and workday sounds. Scientists believe early morning bird chatter may be a warning for others to stay away from their territory. Some early birds might retreat into the shadows of tree limbs to rest. People and animals are starting earlier and earlier. This can happen due to artificial lighting. With this activity comes noisy sounds.

Noisy bird sounds may be put to good use. Floods of robocalls, spam calls and spoofing by telemarketers, political parties and hucksters may be stopped with noise. Silence may encourage scammers to increase the number of calls until they get a response. Why not greet robocallers with bird noises? Screeches and squawks cannot be used to approve the purchase of some unwanted service or product. “Yes” should not be added to these noises. Using this word with clever cons can be used against them. Turn the table on these robocalling scammers. Spoofers may promise to “call back later”, “when you're able to talk”, but they probably won't. Squawk!

Early Morning Bird Chatter

  • early morning bird chatter Dolly says:

    Scientists blame early morning bird chatter on male birds warning others to stay away from their territory.

  • early bird Dolly says:

    The sounds of an early bird are heard more clearly before the wind and workday sounds pick up and obscure these messages.

    • Early StartDolly says:

      Those who get an early start are too busy to be disturbed by the early morning chatter of birds.