The High Rockies: Alma, Colorado
June 14, 5:24 a.m.
Sunrise at 5:33 a.m.
In the predawn darkness, a hermit thrush can be elusive and skittish, and I sneak from one of his singing perches to another trying to capture him, but he never seems to settle down.
Then, when I think it is a lost cause, he lands just above me, in clear view, offering this remarkable series of songs. In the first minute alone are 22 songs, faster than a song every three seconds, near top speed for a hermit thrush. Just listen to him spring from one pitch to another.
Mountain chickadee, ruby-crowned kinglet, Clark's nutcracker.
Photo by John Van de Graaff