Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Shenandoah Valley: Camp Bethel, Fincastle, Virginia

May 10, 5:30 a.m.

Sunrise at 6:13 a.m.

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An eastern whip-poor-will in good form, jarring the early morning with his relentless tk-WHIP-poor-WILL. He sings each second, at the rapid-fire pace of nearly 60 songs a minute, one after the other, each one just like the others.


A great crested flycatcher in dawn song, and a northern cardinal awaking, both heard best at a lull in the nightjar's singing (at 0:20).


Photo by Wil Hershberger