Night before last, I tossed and turned; I was awake several times, and when I was sleeping, it was a light sleep. Part of the problem was a loud-mouthed bird outside my window.
Now, all the birds I've ever known of, from chickens to robins, started their singing about an hour before daylight, sang all day long, and shut their pesky little beaks at sunset. This critter was LOUD, although if I hadn't been trying to sleep, it would have been a pleasant sound.
When I got up yesterday morning, as soon as the computer was on, I googled a few phrases unsuccessfully. Then I went to ask.com and typed in "bird sings at night".
This led me to a message board of some sort where a person had posed this question: "One night in June, at about 1:30 a.m., I was awakened by the loud singing
of several robins. To my amazement, the robins were shortly joined by many
other species of birds that normally sing during the day. The birds never
stopped singing, and it was so loud that I never slept that night. Is this
normal, and if so, why did it occur? "
Here's the answer that person received:
"Many species of birds use their songs to attract perspective mates. The
instinctual drive to this end sometimes overrides the usual night/day
agenda. Early June, the time you observed this, is the onset of mating
season for several birds.
Typically, in order to get a jump on the competition, a bird will sing from
the crack of dawn well into twilight. But if the moon is shining or there
is a nearby street lamp, some birds (in particular, the Mockingbird) will
sing all night long. Mockers also use their songs to mark territory."
Ah. We have a dusk-to-dawn light in the yard that could qualify as a "street lamp". I guess on that particular night, it inspired a mockingbird; we have plenty of them around.
On another subject, I guess I'll quit griping about all the walking I did in the heat yesterday. I'm two pounds lighter this morning. It just goes to show, every cloud has a silver lining. I won't complain about the sunburn on my shoulders.