• 'The Earth could hear itself think': how birdsong became the sound of lockdown

    1 month ago - By The Guardian

    When the pandemic hit, the song of birds offered joy and hope. The author of a new book recalls that glittering spring and explains the science behind bird calls and how to identify them It's six in the morning and still dark, 24 March 2020. I wake early and, knowing the children will soon be up, decide to steal half an hour's solitude in the park. From the dense latticework of trees and shrubs that clothe the wooded slope comes a constant scuttling through dead leaves. The darkness is awake and vigilant; there's the warning tik-tik of an invisible robin from the bushes, and then the next...
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