Dawn Chorus Day

Filed in Events, Spring on May.07, 2023

Today is International Dawn Chorus day, celebrating natures greatest symphony. All across the world people rise early to revel in the sweet sound of birdsong.

Singing at dawn has several advantages for birds. The dim light means they are harder to spot by a predator. Sound can also carry further, as the air is often still at this time.

Craig Jones Wildlife Photography

The first Dawn Chorus Day was organised by environmentalist and broadcaster Chris Baines in the 1980s when he held his birthday party 4am so that all of his guests could listen to the dawn chorus together.

What began as a small annual event in the city of Birmingham has now spread right across the UK and is even celebrated in parts of Antarctica and the Caribbean.

Nature is there, we just have to listen.

  1. Bill Bailey said:

    Dear Craig,

    I am truly enchanted by your recent post on International Dawn Chorus Day. Your eloquent description of the early morning birdsong as nature’s greatest symphony resonated deeply with me. The historical context you provided about the inception of Dawn Chorus Day by Chris Baines added a rich backdrop to this beautiful tradition of celebrating the melodious tunes of nature.

    I must also commend the stunning images accompanying your post. They are a visual feast that complements the essence of Dawn Chorus Day splendidly. The way you captured the serene ambiance of the early dawn is nothing short of magical. It’s evident that each photograph is a testament to your profound connection with nature and your exceptional skill as a wildlife photographer.

    Your post has inspired me to rise early on the forthcoming Dawn Chorus Day to revel in the sweet sound of birdsong. It’s a gentle reminder of the simple yet profound joys that nature bestows upon us, and the importance of pausing to appreciate them.

    Thank you for sharing such a heartwarming and visually captivating post. Your work continues to be a source of inspiration, encouraging a deeper appreciation for the natural world around us.

    Warmest regards,


  2. craig said:

    Thank you for your kind words Bill

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