We hear cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, robins, mourning doves, hairy/downy woodpeckers, nuthatches and in spring, the passing migrant. We have a long winter here and our summers can get hot and humid so the windows are closed a lot either for the furnace or air conditioner. It’s a joy when I can keep them open. The blue jays like to function as a loud early alarm clock but I don’t mind since they’re so fun to have in the yard (we can have family/groups of up to 5-8 who roam the neighborhood). In the spring, an unfamiliar call/song can wake me from my sleep. “What was that?” and I’m up at looking out the window.
Unfortunately, we live close to busy-ish urban artery street and the airport so, often, the first sound we hear are the planes taking off once quiet hour is over or a bus picking up its early passengers. When the state shut down for quarantine, it was wonderfully quiet for the first time in decades.