Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma

INDIGO BUNTING—immediate neighbor of bird in VA-95 VA-96

Also on Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

May 21, 5:43 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:59 a.m.

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For good measure, here is that indigo bunting who sings in the background of VA-95. He is now in focus, the quality of his songs perfectly sharp. There's no hint of instability in the songs of either immaculately indigo male, suggesting that they are both returning adults, members of a mini-dialect here.


A whip-poor-will sings, speeding up his delivery for a final few songs at 0:30.


Photo by John Van de Graaff