Listening to a Continent Sing

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The Ozarks: Alley Springs and vicinity, Missouri

May 31, 5:44 p.m.

Sunrise at 5:47 a.m.

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We have heard the summer tanagers calling and singing from the Atlantic through the Ozarks, throughout the East. This particular bird calls late afternoon in a park in downtown Ellington, Missouri. It's the standard pit-i-tuck, though rather extended, with the number of tucks greater than usual. In general, he sounds annoyed or distressed about something, though only he knows what is on his mind.


American robin (calls), mourning dove, great crested flycatcher, loud jet, Carolina wren (calls), blue jay.


Photo by Brian L. Sullivan