Peoples Love for Birds

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People’s Love for Birds

And Songs that are Inspired by Birds



 

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Photograph: Bahram Bayat, Unsplash



 

Most people enjoy birds. If not to hold, at least to take pictures of, or to admire in the sky. Birds are amazing to us because they have the freedom that we don’t have. Every time there is a bird around, people are transfixed. There are a lot of bird-watchers in the world that can attest to that.

 

A favourite of many is in the parrot family. The parrot, itself is a very large bird but there are smaller species, such as the cockatiel, budgie birds and macaws, that are more manageable. 

 

Penguins are always a favourite of people in cooler climes. It is a treat to see them waddling around, fighting over nests, and mates.


 

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Photograph: Concha Mayo, Unsplash


 

In groups, birds are interesting to watch when they’re nesting. Sea birds are plentiful, nesting in cliffs or out on archipelagos or flying over-head. They are very protective of their nests and will snap at people stealing valuable eggs.

 

There are enormous birds like flamingos, swans, pelican, storks, herons, which are not common in my area. Their long-legged strut is comical.  Many of the larger birds dive for fish or pick up whatever unlucky one that is swept into shore by the tide. 

 

The gulls are the most common everywhere, and people enjoy feeding them. They take pictures or watch them fly. They are so common, that the gulls are not afraid of people.  In fact, there are so many of them that it causes a dirty mess on beaches. The beach will have to be cleaned daily. Even still, people love watching them in parks, or in the city. 

 

Pigeons were useful for sending messages since ancient times. There are no messenger pigeons anymore, but people still keep them. They do not often fly from people because they are used to us. 


People used to catch them for eating, but because this isn’t common, the numbers increased. Their only enemies would be eagles, falcons, and other large birds, especially when they are chicks. 

 

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Some humans that have a calm demeanour, seem to attract birds right to them. They are favoured because the bird feels at home with them.  While having them on their shoulder, they might even feed them and are enchanted by them. 


 

Geese are intriguing to watch and to fortify. People shouldn’t feed them in the wild.  They need to learn to fend for themselves. The chicks are the cutest thing to see when they are following their mom around getting up and waddling around in groups. 

 

Small birds like to sparrows, like to flit from tree to wire and the song “Bird on a Wire” by Leonard Cohan is an image of that, describing them well. 

 

The number of birds has really decreased because there are fewer wetlands to build a nest. Not as many birds as we used to see any more like cardinals, blue jays, warblers. Many of the field birds are absent.

 

One farm bird is the chicken which has its own songs. How about “Old McDonald’s Farm”. That is one of the first songs children learn. Chickens are so plentiful, that we may not acknowledge them, but, we most-assuredly eat them. They are seen in people’s back yards eating slugs, worms, that may not be wanted. Around humans all the time, they are lovable.

Nocturnal birds such as the owl, don’t have as many pictures taken of them because,  they’re mainly seen at night, or more, likely heard for their distinctive “who, who.”

 

This story was meant to be about songs inspired by birds. The Audubon Society mentions a number of songs written about birds.  They missed one song that I think is so important to seniors, “When the Swallows Come Back from Capistrano, sung by Vera Lynn during the Second World War. 

 

Others they mentioned are “Blackbirds”, by The Beatles, “Rockin Robin”, by Bobby Day, “Tern, Ter, Tern, by The Byrds in the 1960s. More recent are “I’m Like a Bird” by Nellie Furtado, “Fly Like an Eagle by Steve Miller Band, “Where Eagles Dare” by Iron Maiden. 

 

There are hundreds of other songs that were sung over time about birds, and it is important to appreciate and provide wet spaces for their survival.



 

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Shirley Langton 2020


 

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Submitted: October 15, 2020

© Copyright 2020 Shirley M. Langton. All rights reserved.

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