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Three Benefits of Listening to Bird Songs

Image by Heather Paul

Image by Heather Paul

I’m sitting outside working in the cool morning air as the summer sun casts an inviting orange light on everything. It’s completely silent, except for the sound of birds singing all around me—mostly Northern Mockingbirds, House Sparrows and Mourning Doves.

Although I’m lucky enough to be able to work around the comforting song of birds, not everyone enjoys the luxury of being in a place where they can hear birds sing.

Fortunately, for those stuck in an office or the middle of a large city, there’s Birdsong.fm. Birdsong.fm is a very simple site that lets you enjoy the sounds of nature from your browser, whether you’re at work or home. If you’re on the go, there’s also a free app for the iPhone and iPad and an MP3 you can download from the site.

Why would you want to listen to bird songs at certain times of the day? Bird songs actually help you in many ways. Here are three things listening to bird songs can give you.

birdsong-fm-avatarRelaxation

The creator of Birdsong.fm, James Mulvany, said that he was inspired to create the site because he finds bird songs a way to unwind from the day.

“I found myself working really long hours and have often found listening to birdsong to be a great way to relax. Living in the city however, if I open my window at the end of a long day, I am more likely to hear roadworks!” he said.

In lieu of going on Facebook, the Internet or even watching TV, listening to bird songs is a great way to let go of all your worries and relax. Bird songs have such a calming effect that some hospitals have piped in bird songs to help soothe patients. One children’s hospital had success playing bird songs to kids before giving them shots as a way to put them at ease.

Focus

Julian Treasure, an author and a chairman of a noise consultancy, said bird songs not only relax people physically but they also stimulate people cognitively, according to the BBC. I’m the kind of person who gets easily distracted while working around too much noise, but listening to birds sing makes me more focused and less tired.

Here’s more about this from Julian Treasure:

“People find birdsong relaxing and reassuring because over thousands of years they have learnt when the birds sing they are safe, it’s when birds stop singing that people need to worry. Birdsong is also nature’s alarm clock, with the dawn chorus signalling the start of the day, so it stimulates us cognitively.”

Energy

Even though bird songs are a good way to de-stress from a busy and overwhelming day, the songs don’t necessarily make you sleepy. In fact, if you get tired or hit that mid-day slump, hearing birds singing is a great way to give yourself a little boost.

The afternoon, after you’ve had lunch and blood sugar levels are low, is a common time for getting very tired, but researchers have found that playing bird songs to students after lunch makes them much more focused and alert. One of the reasons is that bird songs are usually random, so there’s nothing in the noise to really focus on.

So the next time you need to de-stress, focus while working or give yourself a mental boost, head outside and listen to the birds.

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3 Comments

  1. Prakasam .Kannadi

    if a space station can bird frequencies remotely, then it would be technological advancement some thing like matching signatures.

  2. Woody thimpson

    I save all kinds of bready things and put on porch in the morning. Now is raging winds in Wichita. Actually lots of days.
    Been down with shingles and bad falls. Mornings bad!
    I noticed soon afterspreading the bread a few birds and our family squirrel were busy eating. Couldn’t hear them peeking throug curtain. But it made me feel better they came by?
    I m trying to find the bird emphasis from my daily reading recently from SESH book of naranon.
    I d decided to use it as facilitator tonight’s meeting April 18.
    Nature enjoyment in many ways is a good tool to be grateful.
    Can t find the daily read with bird lesson?!? But i m going to take my bird book and share a pic or two of my generic birds I share with and relate it to the bird reading.
    Cast my bread on the waters. Or share with my birds and naranon family! Grateful!

    • Mrs. McCorstin

      It’s wonderful that you want to feed the birds, but please note bread is not necessarily good for birds (it has very little nutrition for them and if it contains any mold it may kill them). If you wish to feed them something, you can feed them fruit and vegetable scraps or simply buy birdseed from your local store. If you are not certain something is good for them, please check the internet for a site dedicated to the welfare of birds.

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