Richmond National Battlefield Park, Malvern Hill, Virginia
May 6, 6:15 a.m.
Sunrise at 6:08 a.m.
A second field sparrow, just across Carters Mill Road, offers what sounds like a mournful song to commemorate the occasion of the slaughter here on Malvern Hill. He begins with three pure tonal notes, followed by an abrupt change to a rapid trill of down-slurred whistles. Over and over, with essentially no variation except the number of bounces in the trill, he repeats his mournful dirge.
Rain. Carolina wren, tufted titmouse, American crow, northern cardinal, dogs
Photo by Wil Hershberger