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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    So the phrase dawn chorus is unfamiliar to Americans? Well I never!

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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    Well . . . I won't speak for all of us! But this is the first time this boy has run into it.

    I just asked my wife if she'd ever heard the expression. She hadn't, but she immediately guessed the meaning correctly.

    We like it.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    I'll be sure to give you and your wife a reminder for International Dawn Chorus Day, this year on Sunday 2nd of May.

    https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/dawn-chorus-day

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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I'll be sure to give you and your wife a reminder for International Dawn Chorus Day, this year on Sunday 2nd of May.

    https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/dawn-chorus-day


    They have an International day for just about everything these days.

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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    I greatly enjoyed waking up at dawn in Australia to hear a very different dawn chorus.

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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I greatly enjoyed waking up at dawn in Australia to hear a very different dawn chorus.
    Eh what? Was it Australian birdies you heard?.
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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

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    They have an International day for just about everything these days.
    Yup. And national: S'mores Day
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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I'll be sure to give you and your wife a reminder for International Dawn Chorus Day, this year on Sunday 2nd of May.

    https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/dawn-chorus-day
    Funny thing:

    After that post about asking my wife, I went and had breakfast. Then I came back to the computer and checked my email. There was one from a music website. I opened it and found the site's song list du jour. Number 6 on the list: "Dawn Chorus" by John Hopkins.
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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    They have an International day for just about everything these days.
    I believe this year's 'International Day for Just About Everything' will take place on August 23rd.

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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Funny thing:

    After that post about asking my wife, I went and had breakfast. Then I came back to the computer and checked my email. There was one from a music website. I opened it and found the site's song list du jour. Number 6 on the list: "Dawn Chorus" by John Hopkins.
    Nice. There's a name for this—when you learn a new word and then proceed to see/hear it everywhere. Baader-Meinhof phenomenon.

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