Whitethroat Migration

photo of singing White-throated Sparrow - © Lang ElliottI figured it would be a good idea to follow up the snapping turtle recording with something a little easier on the ears. So here is a pleasant soundscape I recorded in late late April of 2000 at Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky. It features the sweet, pure whistles of several migrating White-throated Sparrows, along with other bird sounds and the gentle trickle of a spring freshet:

White-throated Sparrows singing during migration, 8am, 25 April 2000, Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky. Recorded by Lang Elliott.

with my catch, which reminds me of the pleasure I feel when I stumble on to small groups of white-throats during spring migration. Their rather subdued “migration songs” seemed so out of place, given that this species breeds in spruce and fir forests nearly a thousand miles to the north.

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  1. I hear Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers, White-Throated Sparrows, a Pileated Woodpecker, Prairie Warblers, a Barred Owl, a Northern Parula, a Common Yellowthroat, a Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinals, Canada Geese, an American Crow, and some birds calls that I just couldn’t identify.

    Here in Three Rivers, MI, I heard and saw many White-Throated Sparrows this year, and I saw one singing on a log in a woodlot just feet away from me, and it was pretty easy on my ears.

    I agree Ryan, that it’s fun to watch the sonogram while listening to the recording.

  2. It is fun to read the sonograms to predict what will sing next. The prairie warbler is pretty easy to see, as well.

    • Thank you Ruth. I like the fact that the migration songs or subdued and easy on the ears. Songs recorded on the breeding ground can be a little overwhelming, earsplitting in fact when heard up close.

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