Wings Over The Prairie

We've all seen waterfowl flying overhead, but few of us are aware of how much sound they make with their wings. In 1994, Ted Mack and I embarked on a six-month recording expedition. Our first project was to document the spring migration of waterfowl as they moved northward through the prairie states. For nearly two months, we worked numerous … [Read more...]

Personal Narrative

For quite some time, I've had the idea to post "personal narratives" recorded in the field at various locations, especially right after I've snagged very nice recordings or videos. Below is a narrative I recorded on April 22, 2010 at Land Between the Lakes Kentucky, during a recording session at the Nature Station (Nature Center). Let me know what … [Read more...]

“Blue” Songbirds Video

There seem to be few "blue" songbirds. So I picked three eastern ones: Eastern Bluebird, Indigo Bunting, and Blue Grosbeak. So why not Blue Jays? Well, have you heard any lovely melodies from one yet? I have always enjoyed watching Eastern Bluebirds, but only recently have I paid much attention to their lovely, lilting songs. By contrast, I have … [Read more...]

Birds, Birds, and More Birds

Hey everybody! I haven't posted in a number of days, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy. Aside from spending time with my sister here in Columbia, Missouri, I've been taking every opportunity to get some field work done. Carl Gerhardt has shown me some great locations, and Beth Bannister has been my ever-so-competent field assistant. Here … [Read more...]

Whip-poor-will Pwips & Mystery Bird Sound

I was stumbling around in the dark an hour before sunrise, setting up the SASS and stringing the mic cable back to the blind (my truck in this case)—it was 5AM. I got the recorder up and running, set a pleasing level that I assumed would keep close-by birds from distorting once they woke up. All was quiet, I waited for the first sounds. Shortly, … [Read more...]

Bluebird Dawn Song

I rose before dawn this morning (April 21) and drove to a location where I had heard a bluebird singing the evening before. Sure enough, at first light, he flew to the top of an oak tree and began singing excitedly, his dawn song, composed of bright slurred whistles punctuated by loud staccato outbursts of notes. Joining him was a Chipping … [Read more...]

Cradle of Spring

OMG, I have discovered the Cradle of Spring. This one spot, It's all happening here. I'm so excited I can't contain myself. I've arrived at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in western Kentucky. I'm camped at my favorite spot. Although it was dead quiet at dusk and through the night (except for distant hooting of barred … [Read more...]