Dawn Chorus Day

International Dawn Chorus Day

Sunday 5th of May, 2019

Singing wood warbler ©Andy Rouse/2020VISION

A celebration of nature's symphony

Taking place on the first Sunday of May, International Dawn Chorus Day is the worldwide celebration of nature's greatest symphony. All across the world people rise early to revel in the sweet sound of birdsong, from rattling wrens in Rotherham to crooning cowbirds in the Caribbean. 

Every year there are early morning walks with experts to help you enjoy a start to the day filled with birdsong. Use our event finder to track down a Dawn Chorus walk near you.

And remember, if you can't make it to an event just open your window - and listen...

Urban beginnings

Dawn Chorus Day has grown from a small event in Birmingham in the 1980s to a global annual celebration, enjoyed in over eighty countries. You don't need to be surrounded by countryside to enjoy nature's symphony - cities have songbirds of their own. Beyond the cooing of pigeons you could hear the serenade of robins and blackbirds, the chatter of house sparrows and the laughing calls of herring gulls, to name just a few!

Get inspired

To inspire you to set that early morning alarm, we've written a blog describing the wonders of a spring dawn chorus. Discover the delights of duelling song thrushes, the confident cry of the chiffchaff and the fluting flourish of the beautiful blackcap...

Embrace the dawn chorus

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Who can I hear?

Here are some of the star performers you could hear in the dawn chorus this spring.

Song thrush

Song thrush ©Amy Lewis

Song thrush

Often the most confident voice in the dawn chorus, and one of the earliest to start singing. Listen for loud, clear verses repeated 2-4 times. 

Take a listen...

Singing blackbird

Singing blackbird ©Amy Lewis

Blackbird

Another early riser, with a clear and confident voice. The beautiful song is low-pitched and given in short, fluty verses. Unlike the song thrush, blackbirds don't repeat their verses.

Take a listen...

Robin

Robin ©Neil Aldridge

Robin

Like the larger thrushes, robins start singing early in the morning. The song is clear and beautiful, comprised of rippling notes and whistles. Robins are one of the few birds to sing all through winter.

Take a listen...

Singing blackcap

Singing blackcap ©David Tipling/2020VISION

Blackcap

This migrant warbler has one of the finest voices in the dawn chorus. Its song begins as a chattering warble, before breaking into louder, clearer flute-like notes.

Take a listen...

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff ©Richard Steel/2020VISION

Chiffchaff

One of the most easily recognised voices in the dawn chorus. The chiffchaff's song is a repetitive "chiff chaff, chiff chaff, chiff chaff", occasionally with an extra note mixed in.

Take a listen...