On 30th January, Anne Green wrote:
>The proverbial "early bird" doen't include galahs or corellas either,
>for reasons unknown to me. They seem to be slow to get going in the
>morning. Also Welcome Swallows, a pair of whom share our accommodation.
>I suppose flying insect life is in short supply until the weather warms
>up. Our 2 spend many hours resting inside our shed in dull or windy
I always used to think ground-feeding insectivores were as a rule the
first birds to start singing at dawn. In my part of the world, apart
from the Koel and other cuckoos which call at all hours anyway, Eastern
Yellow Robins and Laughing Kookaburras start the ball rolling (both
perch-and-pounce feeders) followed closely by the Bassian Thrush.
However, Syd Curtis' observations of Albert's Lyrebirds being late
risers don't bear this theory out and he made a good point about it
being too dark for safety on the ground.
Although Yellow Robins start singing very early, they continue this
singing for quite a while, and they can't be feeding at the same time.
Perhaps the relative time of first singing is not so much to do with
diet but with territorial pressures. Any ideas??
PS I'm trying to be more of an early bird myself, unfortunately I see
the dawn more often by staying up really late than by getting up early.
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