January 21, 2019

Morning Birds

So first off, I apologize for dropping off the face of the earth! January and February were quite intense for me. I’m finally starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel, so I’m hoping to start posting here a bit more often again!

So this morning, I was taking a shower, getting ready. I turned off the shower, and stood still – it sounded like my house had been moved into a aviary or something! I had never heard so many birds outside of my house.

So, naturally, I ran and grabbed a recorder (my Olympus LS-10 was the only thing that was handy), and ran outside. I got about 2 minutes of bird sounds, then all of a sudden, as if on cue, everything just went silent, and you just hear this bluejay in the distance. Very ominous effect!

Listen closely to the sound right as the birds stop – very strange! Not sure exactly what would cause it. Sounds very “phasey” or “underwater”, almost as if I ran it through a NR filter too hard. I don’t recall if I’ve ever heard a natural sound like that before. If you have any ideas about it, please chime in!

There’s not much more to it, so here it is!



  1. Greg Martin says:

    Wow what an awesome find! Sort of has an apocalyptic feel to it.

  2. Really nice capture… I like the unexpected ending. I wonder how many birds were there to create such a commotion.

    Even I recorded some bird sounds recently.
    http://soundcloud.com/auralscope/early-morning-bird-twitter and http://soundcloud.com/auralscope/squabbling-birds

    Would be glad if you check them out 🙂

    • I really dig the reverb in the first one! Very quiet environment too! Was this out in the middle of nowhere? (very hard to find quiet in Florida!) Very cool bird too – loved the timbre. Would love to find out what kind of bird it was!

      Thanks for sharing!

  3. Believe it or not ..it was in the city centre (Edinburgh). I recorded the first one very early morning around 4 am. The city is usually quiet during early hours except for cabs passing by. Don’t know which bird it was though… couldn’t see much in the dark. Will ask some Ornithologist to identify the bird someday …will feel relieved 😀 .

    The second one was at my landlord’s house which is little away from the city.. and they have this bird house in the backyard. Went there for lunch but couldn’t resist myself from recording those hungry noisy birds :p … the actual length of the recording is about 30 mins… lots of squabbling there.

    • Well, I suppose a city center explains the awesome reflections – must’ve been lots of hard reflective surfaces around!

      The courtyard recording also sounds like it has some cement or brick walls – just a much, much smaller space. Maybe a courtyard with walls around it?

      Awesome stuff!

  4. It’s a very deep bassy sound whatever it is – very mysterious! Nice bit of off-the-cuff recording there.

  5. Hey Colin,

    Good to see you around again. I did begin to worry a bit, to tell you the truth. Hadn’t seen you around for a while.

    I think what your recording captured is merely the birds in the Orlando area celebrating Gary Rizzo’s oscar win for Inception!

  6. Yes Colin,

    you are spot on correct with both conclusions. The city centre one was in a small park surrounded by buildings… hard reflections indeed. And the courtyard one was surrounded by brick walls but wasn’t very small.. had some good space for the birds to fly around.

    I did some time-stretch experiment with the lone tweeting bird’s sound … and kind of transformed it into an ominous bird cries :p

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