Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Highlands of western Virginia: Mountain Lake

May 23, 8:42 a.m.

Sunrise at 6:08 a.m.

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An American redstart in daytime song, repeating the same song over and over with no chipping between songs. I hear it as see-a see-a see-ut, each see-a slurred downward, the see-ut ending distinctly lower. In each of the eight songs here, he is on message, each song seemingly identical to all the others, or at least to the best of his ability.

Compare this daytime singing with the energized dawn singing of a redstart in KY-75


Wood thrush, ovenbird, black-throated-blue warbler, red-eyed vireo.


Photo by John Van de Graaff