Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


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

May 24, 5:49 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:36 a.m.

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Six drums by one of the red-breasted variety over two minutes. He's so typically sapsucker. He begins each drum with four or five rapid taps over a quarter second, then plays out six to eight double (sometimes triple) taps over a second and a half to two seconds.


Wilson's warbler, purple finch, Pacific-slope flycatcher, distant woodpecker drums (26 beats/sec).


Photo by Brian L. Sullivan