Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Yorktown National Battlefield, Yorktown, Virginia

May 16; 6:18 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:56 a.m.

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A fish crow, not with the hoarse caw caw of the American crow, but with its smaller, nasal ca-ha, ca-ha, almost as if he's laughing at us. Fifteen times he calls, through 1:06, but then at 1:07 he flies from the perch above the visitors' center at the Yorktown National Battlefield, perhaps to join his friend who called just before off to the left, at 1:06.


A northern mockingbird predominates; a few songs from a chipping sparrow, distant calls of an American crow, and a second fish crow near the end. Noisy Yorktown in the distance.


Photo by Brian L. Sullivan