Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Levee Road, Mississippi River flood plain, Cora, Illinois

May 30, 7:13 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:39

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And here are five songs from the third dickcissel along Levee Road beside the Mississippi River; he sings just like his two neighbors do.

Here's a summary of the dickcissel dialects you can listen to:

Illinois, Shawnee National Forest, one male: IL-107

Illinois, beside the Mississippi River, three males: IL-108, IL-109, IL-110

Missouri, beside the Mississippi River, four males: MO-111, MO-112, MO-113, MO-114

Missouri, Prairie State Park, six males: MO-154, MO-155, MO-156, MO-157, MO-158, MO-159


Another dickcissel, great crested flycatcher; the low frequency rumble is from the Cora coal works, and from barges along the Mississippi that are loading coal.


Photo by John Van de Graaff