I have a question, too! I’ve been hearing birds chattering in the middle of the night — it sounds like a whole chorus! And it sounds like happy birds, not a bird in distress. At first, I thought we might have a night predator, like a cat or raccoon, as it seemed to be happening about 1 to 2 a.m. each morning. Then, I thought it might be a full moon or a new streetlight disturbing their sleep. What is causing this nighttime serenade from the treetops? I sent my question to the free Audubon question line — BirdID@audubon.org — and I had an answer back in 24 hours! They assured me that it was not unusual for birds to chirp and squawk at night. Birds always do it when they are roosting — for protection. I was hearing the birdies that have been assigned to guard duty! So, now, I will sleep at night and also feel safer knowing that we have sentry birds in the treetops. Do you think they’d feel more secure if I left milk and cookies for them?
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