Appalachia: Breaks Interstate Park and vicinity, far western Virginia
May 28, 5:32 a.m.
Sunrise at 6:14 a.m.
Here is a pace typical of dawn singing for an eastern towhee, with 12 songs in this minute. He is just awaking, and no doubt will build to a more intense dawn chorus in which he will consistently alternate different songs.
Now, 45 minutes before sunrise, he sings in the following sequence: A A A B A B B B B B B B. The A song is a typical drink-your-teeeee, but the B song is more of a simplified your-teeeee, without the first introductory note.
American robin, indigo bunting, another eastern towhee.
Photo by John Van de Graaff