Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Yorktown National Battlefield, Yorktown, Virginia & vicinity (Jamestown Beach Campground, Jamestown, Virginia)

May 5, 5:40 a.m.

Sunrise at 6:07 a.m.

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From our Jamestown Beach Campground, near the relatively noisy Colonial Parkway (auto traffic in background), a chipping sparrow sings at dawn on an access road through the campground. He sings at a rate of 30 brief songs per minute, each song a half to a full second in duration, the pauses between songs about as long as the songs themselves. His neighbor sings nearby, also on the ground and just a few yards away from him, so we soon train the microphone on him next, surprised to hear that he sings a very similar song (VA-15).


American robin, northern cardinal, and others.


Photo by John Van de Graaff