Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Shortgrass Prairie of eastern Colorado, Pawnee National Grassland, Briggsdale, Colorado

May 27, 5:05 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:26 a.m.

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Six and a half minutes in the dawn life of a second Brewer's sparrow, the neighbor of the male in CO-215. He carries on like this for three quarters of an hour every morning for weeks on end.

Listening to the songs of the Brewer's sparrow at dawn (CO-215, CO-216) and througout the day (ID-219, ID-220), one can hardly believe they're the same species.


Lark bunting, common nighthawk booms (10 throughout, 0:16, 0:42, and more to 6:22; again, peent calls are too distant to hear), western meadowlark, horned lark, other Brewer's sparrows, cattle


Photo by Wil Hershberger