Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


West Whately, Massachusetts

June 10, 5:00 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:12 a.m.

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Here is a dawn-singing Canada warbler, breathing fire, energized like no other songbird I know.

In this brief, two-minute selection, he chips and sings incessantly, all airtime filled with his presence. Half a dozen chips are followed by a sputtering, explosive song, then more chips, then another song, on and on, some songs full and complete, some just fragments, 15-16 of them each minute, so that one never can know exactly what is coming next.

(My Mt. Rogers, Virginia, recording was poor, so I am substituting one of my favorites from Massachusetts.)


Veery, drumming of a hairy woodpecker, another Canada warbler.


Photo by John Van de Graaff