Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Southern Illinois: Shawnee National Forest

June 3, 6:43 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:33 a.m.

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Daytime singing from a yellow warbler. Unlike his varied dawn chorus, he repeats the same song over and over, the special song from his repertoire of a dozen or so that he saves for daytime singing and interacting with females.

You can compare the repetitive singing in this recording with energized dawn singers in ID-309 and ID-310.


Yellow-breasted chat, red-winged blackbird, a frog; late morning, the wind has picked up, hissing and rustling the phragmites nearby.


Photo by John Van de Graaff