Today, I spent some time searching through our sound archives in hopes of finding something special that I had overlooked. I was not disappointed. I uncovered the following wonderful recording of Common Ravens, captured by Ted Mack in Alaska in 2002. I was unable to find the exact date and location, but I thought I’d go ahead and share it anyway.
As you will hear, the magic is in reverberation. When the nearby raven calls, his deep croaks bounce off the landscape, creating a resonant echo that decays ever-so-slowly:
Raven croaks. Recorded in Alaska in 2002 by Ted Mack.
Isn’t this fabulous? It’s a true “dimensional soundscape” in the strictest sense. There are a number of other birds sounding off in the recording. I hear Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Varied Thrush, and a distant Sandhill Crane. You tell me who the really high singers are. The woodpecker, I would guess, is a Three-toed (because its drum trails off at the end).
What a terrific find!