Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


The Pacific Coast, South Beach State Park, Newport, Oregon

May 21, 5:59 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:42 a.m.

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A spotted towhee singing at the Pacific, foghorn in the distance. He offers 39 songs of one type (A) before 15 of a second type (B) beginning at 4:01. It's a quarter hour past sunrise, and he's into his repeating, daytime mode of singing.


American goldfinch, chestnut-backed chickadee, dark-eyed junco, olive-sided flycatcher, brown-headed cowbird, American crow, orange-crowned warbler, wrentit, American robin, cedar waxwing; the roar of the Pacific ocean, and the foghorn at Newport every 15 seconds.


Photo by John Van de Graaff