Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Prairie State Park, Mindenmines, Missouri

June 2, 6:45 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:58 a.m.

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Calls of an eastern meadowlark. Dzeet, dzeet, dzeet, dzeet, dzeet-chatter--in the first 12 seconds he tells what he's all about in this selection. No songs, just calling from a perch about 50 yards away. Sometimes it's just the isolated dzeet, sometimes the dzeet with the typical eastern meadowlark chatter. Perhaps he's disturbed that I'm walking into his territory? Maybe. At 2:44, he relents and flies off, then calls from a greater distance at 2:52.


Yellow-breasted chat, northern bobwhite, American crow, brown thrasher, Bell's vireo, brown-headed cowbird, common yellowthroat, snorting deer.


Photo by Robert Royse