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The beautiful song of a nightingale.

Photo courtesy of insecta62

Reinsamba at the Freesound project

The last in the series of the Fill the birdsong posts- the song of a nightingale. It is considered by many to be the most beautiful birdsong. Having never head this song before I was awestruck by this 2 minute excerpt from the original recording which can downloaded from the link below the player.

Take 2 minutes to pause and listen. Do you think the nightingale lives up to its reputation?

Fill the world with birdsong.

Birdsong introduction

Birdsong (1) Quiz | Answer || Birdsong (2) Quiz | Answer

Birdsong (3) Quiz | Answer ||Birdsong (4) Quiz | Answer

Birdsong (5) Quiz | Answer || Birdsong (6) Quiz | Answer

Birdsong (7) Quiz | Answer || Birdsong Finale: Nightingale

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This bird is one of the first signs of spring and often found singing on the wing.

Do you know which bird’s song this is? Please post your answers in the comments. Feel free to consult friends, colleagues and share this beautiful birdsong with others. Listen. Share. Smile.

A post with the answer, unscrambled photograph and more birdsong will follow.

Fill the world with birdsong.

Birdsong introduction
Birdsong (1) Quiz | Answer

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Photo courtesy of Peter Guthrie

© BBC R4

This garden bird that has a long tail and is often found singing from an open perch is the humble blackbird.

Congratulations to mummyjaan for recognising the birdsong. A special mention for Tomas and Maryam who also took the time to participate.

The audio clip provides a little more information. To listen to the song again, see original post. Next time you are on a walk or going about your business you’ll recognise the blackbird’s characteristic song.

Part 2 will be posted shortly- please spread the word and do join in.

Fill the world with birdsong.

Birdsong introduction

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© BBC R4

This garden bird has a long tail and is often found singing upon an open perch. The above is a scrambled photograph of this bird.

Do you know which bird’s song this is? Please post your answers in the comments. Feel free to consult friends, colleagues and share this beautiful birdsong with others. Listen. Share. Smile.

A post with the answer, unscrambled photograph and more birdsong will follow.

Fill the world with birdsong.

Birdsong introduction

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Fill the world with birdsong is finally here.
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Over the next couple of weeks, a series of posts considering birdsong will be published. The aim is for us all to appreciate birdsong this spring- it doesn’t require us to become birdwatchers, but just to listen to the beauty in our daily lives. If, by the end of the series we can recognise one or two more birdsongs it would be wonderful.

To get things started, above is an introductory video. The next few posts will contain recordings of birdsong with a few clues about the bird- the challenge for readers is to try and recognise the song or make an educated guess. This series of posts will cover some of the common garden birds. After sometime, a follow up post will reveal the answer for each bird in turn.

How well this works, really depends on your participation. So please do listen, please do share and please do contribute.

Join us in filling the world with birdsong.

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When did you last listen to birdsong?

Over the past week or so Dont be sad has been working on a new initiative, Fill the world with birdsong. This has been the reason, amongst others, for the paucity in posts.

Further updates on this initiative can be expected in the coming days. Please subscribe to the Dont be sad feed in a reader or by email to be notified as soon as these are posted.

Currently I am searching for various quotations, be they poetry or prose, on the subject of birdsong- do you know of any?

Don’t forget there are many posts already at Dont be sad that you are most welcome to explore and discuss in the comments…

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*NEW* Dont be sad buttons

Of late, there have been some interesting additions to the Dont be sad network. At the moment, the network is a small collection of links to blogs that support Dont be sad. What the network definitely isn’t, is a community. Perhaps that is something as individuals on the network we might aspire too- being a community?

Following this aspiration, why not take some initial steps. If we don’t know our neighbours, there can never be a sense of belonging or community. So, visit your neighbours.

  • Visit the Dont be sad network page
  • Look up your blog under the letters (join up, if you aren’t listed)
  • Visit your neighbours. These are the blogs listed above and/or below you
  • On your visit do take the time to leave a comment otherwise your neighbour won’t know you’ve visited!

Over time conversations will spark and new bridges will be built. This aspiration cannot be realised without your participation. Please don’t wait for your neighbour to visit you. Go ahead and be the first one- you will be remembered for it.

Please do share your experiences with us here in the comments.

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