Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Highlands of western Virginia: Grindstone Campground, Mt. Rogers

May 5, 6:28 a.m.

Sunrise at 6:28 am.)

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A least flycatcher, a neighbor to the bird singing in VA-55, races through his cheBEK songs at a clip of about 70 songs per minute. He adds one other sound from his repertoire, a light twitter at 0:04, a call often given as he changes perches, but here just given between songs from the same perch.


Dark-eyed junco, American robin, mourning dove, and a neighboring least flycatcher. Beginning at about 30 seconds, one can hear a car passing on the nearby highway.


Photo by John Van de Graaff