Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Willamette Valley, William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

June 14, 7:15 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:27 a.m.

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Often throughout the day, one hears these treetop songs, the bird itself rarely seen. In daytime singing, this western wood-pewee offers 21 bzeeyeer songs over three minutes, seven songs per minute. That's about 1/6th of his dawn pace, and now he sings only his bzeeyeer song--how differently he sings now compared to his grand performance before sunrise (compare, for example, OR-201, MT-275).


Cedar waxwing (loud "begging" beginning at 0:43), western tanager, house wren, spotted towhee (nice songs, calls), American robin, American goldfinch (e.g., 2:54).


Photo by Robert Royse