We all love birds, and one of the most amazing aspects to them is their gorgeous songs. One reason to get up early morning! Birdsong is quite amazing if you think about it. There are many fascinating facts about how birds sing, why they sing and even how they can sing to other species. You’ll find all you need to know in these books. But most importantly, just appreciate their song and listen! Also see the posts on how to help our garden birds, and how to stop birds flying into windows and a beginner’s guide to birds’ nests.
Bird & Wild is a local brand of coffee, which sells ‘shade-grown (not sun-grown) coffee that enables songbirds to thrive, donating a portion of proceeds to RSPB and songbird charities. They are about to change to biodegradable packaging (a difficult task, to ensure oxygen does not make the bag explode). In the US, a similar company does the same: Birds & Beans Coffee.
- The Nightingale: Notes on a Songbird is a unique book by Sam Lee, the first folk singer to teach at the Royal College of Music, who examines the song of our nightingale bird. Each year (as darkness falls upon woodlands), the nightingale heralds the arrival of Spring. For thousands of years, his sweet song has inspired musicians, writers and artists. From Germany, France and Italy to Greece, Ukraine and Korea.
- Tweet of the Day is the audio book of the BBC4 series, with over 6 hours of birdsong introduced by Bill Oddie and friends: over 260 birds from a cuckoo’s spring call and the seaside call of the herring gull, to autumn song of the robin and winter hope from the song thrush. Featuring blackbird to tawny owl (and migrant visitors like Icterine Warbler and Ortolan Bunting).
- RSPB Guide to Birdsong includes a sound guide to over 100 songs and calls of 65 garden, woodland and farmland birds, plus a reference section detailing the sounds of another 185 birds in Britain and north-west Europe. A 68 minute recording can be downloaded.
- Is Birdsong Music? is an interesting book from a field musicologist, who spends months each year in the Aussie outback recording the songs of the pied butcherbird, and chronicling its musical activities. Is birdsong a matter of biology or culture, or a mix of the two? Both sexes of this songbird sing in duos, trios and even larger choirs. The author argues that birdsong is not just necessity of biology, compelling us to ask do they also sing, simply because they like music?
- Birdsong is an award-winning children’s book about a young artistic girl, who finds friendship with an elderly woman, after moving to the countryside. Their relationship blossoms among the textured images of birds, flowers, art & landscapes.