But the main effect of this clock has been to create a completely new and strange interest in birds and birdwatching. Suddenly, bird songs I have heard in the backyard since I was a child have meaning to me. I know which bird is making them. And moreover, I hear birds that I never see, birds I didn't even realize lived in my backyard.
Perhaps it is old age. I never had time before to sit on the deck and listen to birds or note the colors and plumage of birds or even think about identifying them. And the clock doesn't scare me once an hour the way it did at first.
Except the Mourning Dove, that's still just too spooky.