Listening to a Continent Sing

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The Ozarks: Alley Springs and vicinity, Missouri

May 31, 5:23 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:47 a.m.

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It's too dark to see him, but he can't be more than ten yards from me, an Acadian flycatcher in dawn song; he delivers ten or so peet calls before what is known as the typical PEET-sah song that can be heard throughout the day. Over these two minutes, he runs through ten series of his peet calls, each of which culminates in a single PEET-sah.


Yellow-breasted chat (to 0:30), ovenbird, worm-eating warbler (I'm fairly sure; e.g., 1:00), Kentucky warbler (e.g., 0:41)


Photo by Wil Hershberger