I am working on an audio production called Birds and Brooks. It should delight any nature lover. The shared theme of all the tracks is that the gurgling of water will be heard (in many textures and variations). The bird sounds will be on the subtle side (quite intentionally), but a variety of species will be represented, from many locations throughout eastern and central United States. “Birds and Brooks” will be designed to help you relax. You might want to play it in the background while reading, cooking, or doing whatever. You might even want to go to sleep with it playing softly.
What follows is a sample of one of the tracks, which I think I’ll call “Woodpecker Interlude.” I recorded it last summer in Shindagin State Forest. At dawn, I was walking down a dirt road and suddenly was struck by the exquisite beauty of nature’s chorus. A woodpecker was drumming in the distance. A variety of birds were singing, but none too close. And a small brook bubbled and gurgled next to the road. I quickly set up my microphone and started recording. What a marvelous soundscape—a meditative interlude that I think is quite worthy to reflect back into the world:
Dawn chorus and trickling brook. 5:19 am, 14 June 2010, Shindagin State Forest near Caroline, New York. Recorded by Lang Elliott.
What do you think of this recording? Be sure not to play it too loud; the object is to listen at a normal level, equivalent to how loud it would actually be heard in nature (people tend to turn up the volume too much).
Listen for the drums of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, the coos of a Mourning Dove, the cawing of crows, and songs of a variety of songbirds, including: Veery, Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, and Chestnut-sided Warbler (I think). What other bird songs do you hear? I have trouble with the high frequencies, so those of you who are crack birders can help me out with this one.