Listening to a Continent Sing

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Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

May 21, 8:15 a.m.

Sunrise at 6:00 a.m.

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The daytime singing of a black-and-white warbler. It's a high, thin, piercing song of see-sawing couplets, two notes alternated here seven to eight times. Weesee-weesee-weesee-weesee-weesee-weesee-weesee he sings, with a strong accent on the wee, the see higher and softer. Or perhaps you hear squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky, much like rubbing a wet rag over glass. Whatever mnemonic you use, it's a distinctive song.

You can hear his more complex dawn song in VA-74


Ovenbirds (2), red-eyed vireo, chipping sparrow, and a few flies.


Photo by Wil Hershberger