Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Eastern Oregon: Prairie City, Malheur National Forest, Picture Gorge

June 13, 4:20 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:09 a.m.

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A western tanager in dawn song. He begins with four slowly delivered song phrases, then his signature call, the pit-er-ick, here sounding perhaps more like a shortened, two-syllable per-dick.

Measuring a few of his song phrases, I calculate that he sings about 1.4 song phrases per second. That's a typical slow dawn pace for these tanagers.


Other western tanagers in the distance.


Photo by John Van de Graaff