Listening to a Continent Sing

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Sweetwater River, Split Rock, near Jeffrey City, Wyoming

June 11, 7:05 a.m.

Sunrise at 5:33 a.m.

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Songs of a spotted towhee beside the gurgling Sweetwater River. He offers some variety, with three different songs over three minutes: A A A B B A A A C C C C C C C C C C C C (B is an odd song, or it's an incomplete version of a fuller song).

A little after three minutes an American goldfinch lands nearby, rambling on for a good ten seconds.


Yellow-breasted chat, the Sweetwater River, sandhill crane, black-billed magpie, American goldfinch.


Photo by John Van de Graaff