Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

May 9, 8:20 a.m.

Sunrise at 6:10 a.m.

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An eastern phoebe alternates the only two songs that he knows, his FEE-b-bre-be with the stuttered ending (0:03, 0:07, etc.) and his FEE-bee with the raspy ending (0:05, 0:10, etc). Only once does he break rhythm, at 1:05, when he sings two FEE-bee songs back-to-back.

And he has rhythm. See MO-150 for how to listen more closely to his rhythm.


The three-parted dawn song of a black-and-white warbler (best heard at 0:12, off to the right in this stereo recording), indigo bunting; early morning wind on the Parkway.


Photo by John Van de Graaff