Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Climbing the Rockies: juniper habitat, Temple Canyon Park, Canyon City, Colorado

June 8, 4:43 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:37 a.m.

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A third gray flycatcher at dawn, he also singing chu-WIP, chu-WIP, teeah . . .

He has the expected two different songs that the gray flycatcher uses during his dawn singing, but he sings slowly, only about 24 songs/minute, much slower than his neighbor who can be heard in the background (see CO-195). In fact, about 0:50, the two other birds can be heard in the background, all three of these males singing in the dark at dawn, sight unseen (CO-195, CO-196, CO-197).


Spotted towhee, another gray flycatcher.


Photo by Brian L. Sullivan