I'm not sure there is any other sound that can do what birdsong does. It should be part of the soundtrack to everyone's day. Russell Jones
This month my brother delighted me by sending a clip of the birds in his garden in Cambridge, England, on International Dawn Chorus Day, an event I'd never heard of. Though I missed the official day (5 May) I've been enjoying recording birds sounds in the Ozark forest around me since then.
The experience has tuned my listening pleasure and sound awareness to a new level. Just as my camera has encouraged me to see differently, recording is already enhancing my hearing. Apparently there is also scientific evidence that bird song, like meditation, both relaxes and revitalizes our brains.
Here are a couple of short clips that I hope will benefit you too! The first was recorded around the cabin where I live. (In the middle you'll detect another creature of which birds are wary.) The second was recorded deeper into the oak-hickory-pine forest along a canyon. Both captured at dawn.
Now I'm thinking of keeping my recording device by the bed to capture the calls of the owls and the whipoorwill!
[The photograph above was taken along the Little Buffalo River in the Arkansas Ozarks. I was enjoying exploring some large boulders when I looked to my right and noticed, hardly six inches from my face, three fledglings piled onto their precarious nest. They made not a peep.]
See also: On the wing (poems about birds)