Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Singing in the Rain

I woke this morning at 5am. The rain woke me. As I lay, trying to return to the joysome land of sleep, I heard a peculiar bird whom also had, no doubt, been awakened by the rain storm. He was singing his heart out in spite of his rain soaked plumage.

His song had two verses:

pieo pieo - ti ti ti ti - ti yi ti - pieo

pieo - ti ti ti ti - ti ti ti ti - ti yi ti - pieo

[pieo - quarter note; ti ti ti ti - 4 sixteenths; ti yi ti - triplet]

He was quite mesmerizing and had brilliant rhythm and pitch enough to make Messiaen go quite giddy!!

I will likely never know the type of bird who sang in the rain but I appreciated his help in passing the time until the wondrous gates of sleep opened once more to my willing being!


A Paperback Writer said...

Oh wow! You linked me to your blog! cool!
Okay, I'm no help on birds in the South, but I'm going to share a little bird tale with you.
At home in the summertime, I have to leave my windows open all night or die of the heat, so I go to sleep with the sound of crickets and wake to the sound of sparrows and robins. (When it rains, though, we get seagulls.) I totally took these for granted until I moved to Edinburgh.
I lived in Richmond Place (off Nicholson St.). Obviously, there were no crickets at night (plenty of drunks in the street, though). And in the morning, it was the cacaphony of pigeons, crows, and seagulls. Ugh. I missed the little songbirds.
There were very few things I didn't like about living in Scotland, but the morning birdsong was one of those things.
Anyway, I'm glad the song you heard this morning was a treat. I hope it floats your way again.

Adrastos said...

Sounds like a Mockingbird to me. Hint: when in doubt in NOLA guess mockingbird and you'll be right 50% of the time.

Katie said...

That sounds a lot more relaxing than the seagulls who often wake me up around this time of year. What are they doing in Glasgow, anyway?

Cursed Tea said...

paperback writer - thanks for stopping by. You really should check out the birdies out of the city! I come from the North East in a tiny town and my childhood had few seagulls and pidgeons and lots of different bird calls!!

Adrastos - thanks for your NOLA words of wisdom - don't tell me... the other %50 is pidgeons!!!

Katie - Glasgow is a port city - hence the plethera of seagulls!! Those lovely birds also love an occasional chip supper too!! If you want variation get out of the city - lots of birds up North!

Mo said...

Just joining in the bird debate. We have a robin that sings all year round and often in the dark in the middle of the night. When I lived in Glasgow my brother used to get woken up to the "coo-coo, coo" of a collared dove nesting in the chimney!

No seagulls here out in the sticks between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Hope you work out what your bird was!

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I would also guess it was a mockingbird. How wonderful that you were able to score its music.

I still remember one night, long ago, when I lived in North Carolina, and in a tree right outside my bedroom window, a bird gave the concert of its life All Night. The amazing part of it was that he/she imitated every birdcall known, and eventually switched to horses neighing, dogs barking, cats purring, cows lowing.

The bird remained invisible, so I concluded that it was either a mockingbird or a spirit bird. (Rule out hallucinations - I never did drugs.)