They say birds are the sentries – and our key to understanding the world beyond our front door. These early Spring mornings, with new beginnings just around the corner, birds start waking me up with their lively, golden songs. Still dark and quiet outside, without any of the usual Amsterdam city buzz outside my window, their melodies are so pure, vivid and heart-opening.
On my ongoing journey to deeper connect with my natural surroundings and the nature beings I share this land with, I came across the book What the Robin Knows. How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World by lifelong birder, tracker and naturalist Jon Young. By reading the book, you will discover a universal bird language that will speak to you wherever you go outdoors, be it in a city park, seaside or forest, opening your mind onto a wider mind of the land itself.
By tuning in to the bird’s vocalizations and behavior, we can acquire much of this wisdom for our own pleasure and benefit; and the birds’ companion calls and warning alarms are just as important as their songs.
Deep bird language is an ancient discipline, perfected by Native peoples the world over.
The book unites the indigenous knowledge, the latest research, and the author’s own experience of four decades in the field to lead you toward a deeper connection to the animals and, in the end, a deeper connection to ourselves. A brilliant work, born of a lifetime of listening, teaching, and tracking what really matters, waking our animal senses.