Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
May 31, 6:24 a.m.
Sunrise at 5:45 a.m.
A fine Teton symphony!
The dark-eyed junco sings with metronomic quality, the same song over and over for five and a half minutes. A junco is capable of singing several different songs, so why's he stuck on the same song for so long?
A MacGillivray's warbler sings throughout this selection (e.g., 0:01, then not heard by itself again until 1:18), and the last three songs are his. Equally persistent are the red-breasted nuthatches.
And how fine is the drumming by the sapsuckers! At least three individuals are involved, as heard beginning at 3:54. Which species? Either red-naped sapsucker or Williamson's sapsucker, according to the range maps, but after listening to a sample of drums for each species on Cornell's Macaulay Library website, I conclude that they are most likely red-naped sapsuckers.
MacGillivray's warbler, Canada goose, red-breasted nuthatch, symphony of sapsucker drums by different individuals, ruby-crowned kinglet
Photo by Wil Hershberger