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.

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, before any distractions of the day cause a loss of focus. Focus is critical to learning new things and achieving huge goals. However, there may be some loss of focus for those humans whom are rudely awakened by an “early bird's” incessant chirping, crowing, squawking, chattering and calling at unusual and unexpected hours before dawn.

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

In animals, artificial lighting is interfering with migration, reproduction, sleep and health. It increases disease transmission in birds. Nighttime lighting may be promoting the early growth of plants, with detrimental results when this happens before the appropriate growing season. It also can delay the harvest season. In humans, the adverse health effects from artificial light may include obesity, depression and sleep disorders. Late nights may be particularly hard on people and animals when the early start is due to early morning bird chatter. This sound may be constant. Female birds may be attracted by the earliest of male bird calls. Humans and other animals may be disturbed by the noise of an early bird.

Early birds tend to awaken in the wee hours of the morning to begin their early morning bird chatter. These birds also tend to be early diners. Although some birds forage all day, the early start of the “early bird” presents some advantages. 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. Birds awaken increasingly earlier due to the sky glow cast across the night sky by light reflecting against clouds and aerosols.

An early start makes “early bird” specials at dining places especially appropriate to the nature of “early birds”. Early birds do not wait in line. They form it. Early diners are most likely to enjoy the special of the day from their favorite spot, before the rush starts and the special food runs out. Early morning bird chatter may be in celebration of this victory. Unfortunately, there may be a “cascade effect”. Latecomers may not find an abundance of food. The artificial lighting can be disorienting as birds make night migrations for food or other purposes. Early morning bird chatter may reflect this upset.

Have you ever seen a bird in a hurry? Birds tend to get an early start, so they rarely 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 —, and they get there without any fluster or need for early morning bird chatter. They have a dignified approach to the day. Country birds may not have this light advantage. Bugs may not gather for them. Sky glow may disorient flying insects and birds in outlying areas.

In the early morning, “early birds” may truly rule the roost. Birds can do their thing and catch the “early bird” dining specials without much interference. Few people catch the glow of sunrise with these early starters. It is a bit of an ego boost to have the dawn of the day to one's self. This may give cause to gloat with early morning 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 now lack full darkness.

By getting an early start, an “early bird” can experience the calm before the storm of human traffic and workday sounds. The nighttime is a time of action for many animals. 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. Other early diners want to rule the roost with a bird's eye view of the “early bird” specials. These birds are starting earlier and earlier, due to artificial lighting. With them, comes interruptive sound.

Those who are flooded with a rising tide of robocalls, spam calls and spoofing on behalf of telemarketers, political parties and hucksters should not allow these to become “missed calls”. This may encourage scammers to increase the number of calls until they get a response. Dolly believes “missed calls” should not become “missed opportunities” to discourage these cons. Why not get an early start and greet robocallers with early morning bird chatter? Screeches and squawks cannot be used to commit an unwitting victim to the purchase of some unwanted service or product. “Yes” should not form part of these “early bird” vocalizations. Using this word in response to a clever con can pit a person's own voice against them for authorization of an unwanted purchase. Turn the table on these increasingly sophisticated robocalling scammers. Spoofers may promise to “call back later”, “when you're better disposed”, 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.