This shows Move it and Shake it to represent an early start with morning bird chatter, displayed at 40% of viewport width.
July 2020 by Terry Verduin

EARLY BIRD

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 may get an early start on early morning bird chatter, but health risks associated with this night life may give rise to bird noise deterrents and other changes.

Early Start

Master of Suspense? 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 may be a bit of an ego boost to have dawn to one's self.


Current Affairs? The world is competitive. Arriving without delay helps capture worms before others awaken. Not every avian species eats worms. Parrots eat worms; hummingbirds do not. Few people can Eat Like a Bird.


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


VA-VA-VOOM Service? Once the rush starts, popular food may run out. Early morning bird chatter may be in celebration of getting fed. The noisy utterances of latecomers may reflect upset about not finding anything to eat.

Early Morning Bird Chatter

Super Natural? Those who arrive without fluster may feel no need to make noise. Scientists believe some avian sounds serve as territorial warnings for others. People and animals are starting earlier and earlier.


Dopamine High? Bird sounds are communications. They carry danger warnings, announcements about food presence and give indications of availability for mating. Singing reflects joy. It draws some flocks together.


In Full Bloom? Few people catch the sunrise glow. Dawn birds may rule the roost and do their thing without competition from workday sounds. This may give cause to boast with raucous chatter, but it interferes with human sleep.


Rude Awakenings? Focus is critical to learning new things and achieving huge goals. There may be some loss of focus when sleep is disturbed by bird calling, chattering, chirping, crowing, shrieking, squawking and tweeting.

Night Life?

Perpetual? Artificial lighting exposure comes with the 24/7 world. Artificial light breaks the natural circadian rhythm, confusing night with day. Places do not reach full darkness, putting everyone off track with work and travel.


Wanderlust? Nighttime is a time of action for many animals. Nocturnal species, like owls and nighthawks, depend upon the cover of darkness for hunting. Nightingale songs ring more clearly before daytime noise begins.


Stand Out? While female birds may be attracted by the earliest of male mating calls, people and other animals may be troubled by the noise besieges. Early wake-up calls after late work or study nights compromise performance.


Beauty and the Elements? Birds may awaken earlier due to sky glow. The European Commission discusses the health effects of artificial light from incandescent, fluorescent, LED and strobe bulbs. The consequences are dire.

Undercover?

Celestial Compass? Birds usually migrate at night. They cover long distances at heights averaging 2,000-to-5,000 feet (600-to-1,500 meters). Stars give bearings to searches for food, better living conditions or mates.


Playing it Cool? Foraging and migration require heat-generating movement. Cooler night-time temperatures help prevent heat exhaustion in warm climates. Darkness may reduce competition, predation and parasitism.


Migration Risks? Collisions with windows interfere with avian life. White lights shining in buildings at night guide birds to crash landings. Tree reflections or views of indoor plants drive daytime impacts.


Green Energy? Wind turbines, cell and radio towers pose threats during travels between hunting grounds. Boom boxes emit sounds to deter birds from entering areas housing deadly rotating devices and flight-path obstacles.

Star-Struck?

Crashing Sounds? Cities are getting involved to prevent deadly collisions into building windows. Prevention methods to reduce impact, reflection and light glow include screens, decals, nets, shades, shutters, tints and films.


Constellations? Nine of them are named for birds: Tucana (toucan), Corvus (raven or crow), Apus (bird of paradise), Grus (crane), Pavo (peacock), Columba (dove), Cygnus (swan) Aquila (eagle) and Phoenix (firebird).


Shining Examples? Most birds have keen day and night eyesight. Stephen T. Emlen of Cornell University reports this sense may detect the movement of the sun and constellations across the sky for homing and migration purposes.


Star-Gazers? The Old Farmer's Almanac reports some birds reach altitudes of 21,000 feet (6,400 meters). They use their celestial namesakes to guide their flyway, a regular flight path for large, migrating flocks.

Health Problems

Uniform Look? Artificial illumination may be harming the ecosystem. Few of stars shine in night skies. There are other effects. Lighting brings physical, mental and emotional change to plants, people and other animals.


Last Stand? Sleep problems affect people and animals. For people, effects include obesity, depression and other disorders. In animals, problems with migration, reproduction and disease transmission are induced.


Maze? Sky glow may hurt flying insects as well as birds in outlying areas. Bugs gather around streetlights, providing ready feasts. Country bugs may not gather around lights. Machine headlights smash them.


Triple Threat? Bugs are disappearing with birds. These plant pollinators perish from car and building impacts. Pesticides kill them. Chain reactions reduce food supplies for birds, people and other animals.


Wild, Wild Country? Nighttime lighting may be affecting the growth of plants. Crops are killed by cold when they grow before the growing season. Harvest season are delayed as a consequence of abnormal light patterns.

Bird Noise Deterrents

Right Confections? Mechanical and electronic deterrents are available. Three-dimension balloons marked like predatory eyes, strips of shining, reflective tape and noise boxes scare birds. Bird spikes prevent landing.


Intense Visuals? UV reflective paints and gels keep sensitive avian pests from nesting and roosting in unwelcome areas. Components reflect the sun's ultraviolet rays, creating acutely visible danger signals for them.


Seeing Red? Many birds dislike or avoid red things. While hummingbirds may be attracted to this color, Red-winged Blackbird populations may use it as a flight trigger. Shapes, sounds or movements affect species differently.


Light Transformed? Birds don't need the UV pet urine detectors used by people to reveal dog and cat urine marks. They see and use UV colors to guide food gathering, hunting, mating and the safety of their activities.

Upsides?

Wing Songs? Bird wings vibrate in air, creating rustling noises. Scientists track birds in flight by these sound effects. Remote acoustic recording technologies require no physical transmitter placement on animals.


From the Same Cloth? Protective bird rackets may have another good use. Floods of robocalls, spam calls and spoofing by telemarketers, political parties and hucksters may be stopped by rushes of loud, harsh noises.


On the Sunny Side? Screeches and squawks cannot be used to fake unwanted purchases. Turning the table on robocalling scammers may stop these spoofers. They probably won't call back later.


Breaking the Rules? This video has the author's daughter stirring up early morning chatter from chickens and a renegade rooster under her care. Mother and daughter awaken long before the light of dawn. (23 seconds)


MORNING CHICKEN TALK