Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Lake Anna, Spotsylvania, Virginia

May 6, 10:15 a.m.

Sunrise at 6:10 a.m.

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A prairie warbler offering five of his buzzy, daytime songs. The notes in these buzzy songs are brief, about seven per second, with a longer buzzy note on the end. These are the "mate-attraction songs," those used when the male is interacting with females, or singing in a relaxed state.

Contrast these buzzy songs with the more tonal, aggressive songs that males use when fighting or during the dawn chorus (see VA-33).


Common yellowthroat, eastern towhee.


Photo by John Van de Graaff