A Thousand Birds

Blackbirds at sunrise

I was reminded this morning before I rose, of those undescribed
ambrosial mornings or summer which I can remember, when a thousand
birds were heard gently twittering and ushering in the light, like
the argument to a new canto of an epic and heroic poem. The serenity,
the infinite promise, of such a morning! The song or twitter of birds
drips from the leaves like dew. Then there was something divine and
immortal in our life, when I have waked up on my couch in the woods
and seen the day dawning, and heard the twittering of the birds.

source: Henry David Thoreau, Journal 1852
image: Eddie Two Hawks, Image Collection, Blackbirds at Sunrise


35 thoughts on “A Thousand Birds

      • Best part of this time of year is getting our hands in the soil and planting new seedlings. Enjoy your projects. I too have been gardening, we have to take advantage of sunny days here in Bright lol 😊

      • The weather has been ideal for any work outside; with cool mornings and breezy. This won’t last long.
        Some things need to be done ‘asap’ as you well know. Hence, it continues until… Enjoy!

  1. Especially in spring, I wonder what it must have been like to awaken to the dawn chorus of the hundreds of birds that use to live in our fields and forests. Alas, we must be content to fill our imagination with the 10% that are left.

    • During migration, which just ended here (south Florida) there is exactly that. Hundreds upon hundreds of birds can be heard early mornings and evenings. Now there are various species coming through and stopping at the feeder. It is totally amazing Eliza and we feel very fortunate to witness this natural wonder.

      • A wonderful experience – so glad to know that it still exists somewhere! It makes sense that a landfall bottleneck would be the place to hear it. Maybe one day I’ll plan a trip in March to hear it. 🙂

  2. Love this! Lately, I have been hearing birds in the morning whose calls I do not recognize. Not sure if they are new birds in the neighborhood, or if their voices are changing, or if, perhaps, my hearing has changed in some profound way…

    Interesting and timely post again, dear Eddie! Thank you!

    • Springtime does bring many, many birds traveling through to their summer destinations.
      The ‘voices’ could change daily. Thank you dear heart for your kind response.

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