Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Kremmling, Colorado

June 15, 7:15 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:35 a.m.

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Here is the bicycle-stopping green-tailed towhee who sang beside the road, the sun behind him, a halo outlining his entire body.

In ten songs, he delivers four different ones, in the following pattern: A B A B A C D C D C.

Complex and exhilarating songs, I'd say, a nice series of tonal and buzzy notes, with slow to rapidly repeated trills, reminding me a little of fox sparrows.


Photo by Robert Royse