Listening to a Continent Sing

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Appalachia: Breaks Interstate Park and vicinity, far western Virginia

May 28, 5:44 a.m.

Sunrise at 6:14 a.m.

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A blue-winged warbler in dawn song. When really excited, he'll chip regularly between songs, but there's only a hint of a chip here and there in this somewhat uninspired performance (a single chip at 0:53).

But it surely is the dawn song, not the beee-bzzzzzz song expected later in the day. This dawn song begins with a few stuttered notes and ends in a buzzy trill, similar in quality to the ending of the daytime song.

You can hear his daytime beee-bzzzzzz song in VA-77


Northern cardinal, indigo bunting, hooded warbler (also in dawn song), American robin, mourning dove, red-eyed vireo, distant dogs.


Photo by Robert Royse