Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Cambridge, Idaho

May 28, 9:15 a.m.

Sunrise at 6:05 a.m.

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Why a Steller's jay chooses to call when he does, and why he chooses a particular intonation to his call will forever, I believe, be a mystery. Nevertheless, it's always good to hear what they have on their mind.

Here it is, bursts of 3-8 harsh notes, and he continues as he moves off into the distance.


Chipmunk; American robin, black-headed grosbeak, lazuli bunting, house wren, red squirrel.


Photo by John Van de Graaff