Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


National Battlefield, Chief Joseph Pass, Montana

June 5, 5:33 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:46 a.m.

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A Swainson's thrush sings from high atop a spruce tree overlooking Chief Joseph Pass. As with any good singing thrush, I can't help exploring his song repertoire, and Raven soon shows me that he has three different songs, singing them consistently in a repeating A B C sequence throughout this selection.


Mountain chickadee, plus wind in the trees and snow-melt trickling down the roadside stream.


Photo by John Van de Graaff