Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Highlands of western Virginia: Mountain Lake

May 23, 6:40 a.m.

Sunrise at 6:08 a.m.

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A dozen standard daytime songs of an eastern northern parula, repeated over and over. He rises up the scale, climbing the stairs, so to speak, with a series of raspy notes, then falls off the top with a single low, emphatic note on the end of the song.


An eastern phoebe, red-breasted nuthatch, blue-headed vireo, chimney swift, Blackburnian warbler, distant jet.


Photo by John Van de Graaff