Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Lake Scott State Park, Scott City, Kansas

June 7, 5:16 a.m.

Sunrise at 6:19 a.m.

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A western kingbird in dawn song. In the predawn darkness I can walk up to him and listen closely, hearing his feet shuffle on the perch, hearing every little kip and ki-PEP and PEEP that he makes.

I love the energy in his dawn singing, kip kip kip kip kip kip ki-PIP ki-PEEP-PEEP-PEEP-PEEP.


Occasional dive sound of common nighthawk (0:05, 0:19, 0:44), ring-necked pheasant.


Photo by Robert Royse