Listening to a Continent Sing

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Cambridge, Idaho

May 28, 7:49 a.m.

Sunrise at 6:05 a.m.

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Seven daytime songs from a second Brewer's sparrow (see also ID-219). As is typical, the song is two-parted, with the first phrase buzzy, the second part of more slowly repeated syllables. For this male, the first part is lower than the second, something like zirrrrrrrrrrrrrr zee zee zee zee zee zee zee.

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.


Song sparrow, western meadowlark (calls and songs), rock wren, mosquito, brown-headed cowbird.


Photo by Wil Hershberger