Listening to a Continent Sing

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Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

May 21, 6:10 a.m.

Sunrise at 6:00 a.m.

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The same hooded warbler who was in dawn song earlier this morning now gives his daytime song, weet-weet-weet-weeto. At six to seven songs per minute, it's the same song over and over. The only detectable variation seems to be the number of weet notes before the ending weeto; having grown accustomed to three weet notes, the four in the song at 0:57 feels like quite a departure from the routine.

You can hear the dawn singing of this male in VA-76


American crow, eastern towhee, red-eyed vireo, chestnut-sided warbler, gray catbird, ovenbird.


Photo by John Van de Graaff