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, 7:02 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:37 a.m.

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A loggerhead shrike, with precision, the same song over and over, but how "monotonously" he sings, or so I expect some would say. Roughly a song every two seconds, more than 30 songs per minute for over five minutes, well over 150 total.

He sings in such a repetitive mode here, as if he had no other songs he could offer. But he does have many others, making one wonder why he doesn't show them off a little more.


Broad-tailed hummingbird, plumbeous vireo, western tanager, blue-gray gnatcatcher, gray flycatcher, black-headed grosbeak, western wood-pewee, spotted towhee.


Photo by John Van de Graaff