Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Highlands of western Virginia: Mountain Lake

May 23, 7:40 a.m.

Sunrise at 6:08 a.m.

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Like a metronome, this ovenbird delivers his crescendo song, each song building in intensity through to the final phase. It's a "teacher" song all right, but the "te" is so brief and relatively soft that the song is dominated by the emphatic, down-slurred CHER, sounding like a series of t-CHER phrases.


A pileated woodpecker drums in the distance initially, with distant black-throated blue warbler, hermit thrush, scarlet tanager, chestnut-sided warbler.


Photo by John Van de Graaff