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, 5:52 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:42 a.m.

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A highly repetitive dark-eyed junco, with 22 songs over two and a half minutes, about nine songs per minute, all of the same kind.

Listen to the two spotted towhees in the background from 0:39 to 1:05. Five times it seems that they spar, the nearer male singing his song immediately after the more distant male, each singing a song that seems like a good match to that of the other.


American crow, chestnut-backed chickadee, spotted towhee, olive-sided flycatcher, American robin, foghorn and the Pacific.


Photo by Wil Hershberger