Listening to a Continent Sing

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Big Hole National Battlefield, Wisdom, Montana

June 6, 9:41 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:45 a.m.

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A trio of red-naped sapsuckers, two males and a female, the males perhaps contesting for the female, maybe for the territory, or for both. They fly about, but who drums and who calls I cannot keep track of. At least two birds drum, though, perhaps best heard between 4:40 and 4:50, when two sapsuckers drum on surfaces with highly different resonance. The most intense calling is last, just after five minutes.


Ruby-crowned kinglet, yellow-rumped warbler, chipping sparrow, dark-eyed junco, red squirrel, common raven, western wood-pewee, Wilson's snipe, brown-headed cowbird


Photo by John Van de Graaff