Jun 16 2010
Remember when the robins woke you up before dawn? When they sang all night? It was only last month.
Now that it’s mid-June there’s a lot less birdsong in the morning. They still sing but they lack the frantic edge they had in May.
Their reason for singing is quickly disappearing. They’ve established territory and found a mate. They have eggs in the nest or babies to feed. Some sing less when they have nestlings, perhaps to avoid attracting attention to their vulnerable family.
And if they haven’t nested yet, they’ve given up.
I noticed a gap last week in yellow warbler song when I suddenly heard them again in Schenley Park after a three week hiatus. Why did they stop singing? I don’t know, but their songs are half-hearted now.
The robins are half-hearted too.
By the middle of July the serenade will be over.
Alas. Just as I got my ears in tune to identify birdsong there will be nothing to practice with.
(photo of a yellow warbler by Chuck Tague)