The sound of water is universally soothing. Ocean waves washing in, raindrops falling on the forest floor, the trickling sounds of a small brook . . . all have deep and timeless qualities that help calm the mind. Many times in my life, I have sat for hours next to streams, absorbed in the mesmerizing soundscape that is at once changing, yet always the same.
I made the following trickling brook recording in the mountains of West Virginia during the spring of 2000. I was captivated by the “tinkling” sound of the water, and I was pleased that the bird songs remained subtle throughout:
A trickling stream at dawn with subtle bird sounds, 29 May 2000. Cranberry Glades Natural Area, near Marlinton, West Virginia. Recorded by Lang Elliott.
Now for a quiz! What birds are singing in this recording? Yes, there is a robin sounding off in the distance, but who are the two or three high-pitchy singers heard periodically in the soundscape?