Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Hell’s Canyon, Copperfield, Oregon

May 27, 5:04 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:06 a.m.

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What's a feisty, aggressive black-billed magpie to do when he or she finds an unwitting visitor standing near its nest? Perch in a nearby tree, just yards away, and complain, at least that seems to be the tone of voice. I didn't realize it all at the time, as it was minutes later when I looked around and saw the big stick nest just off to the right.


Yellow warbler, American Crow, brown-headed cowbird, lazuli bunting, Bullock's oriole.


Photo by John Van de Graaff