Bird calls can transport us to times deep in our memory. Is the sound of the Whip-poor-will at dusk part of your memory? Maybe you heard Common Loons calling on a northern lake. Perhaps you awoke on a summer morning to the cooing of a Mourning Dove.
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Bird Sounds Transport Us Back
Written by Chris Peterson
This is BirdNote!
[Call of the Whip-poor-will]
Where did you grow up? And what birds did you hear?
Is this sound of the Whip-poor-will at dusk part of your memory?
[Repeat call of the Whip-poor-will]
Or were your outdoor games on hot, humid evenings accompanied by the last song of a Wood Thrush [Song of the Wood Thrush] or mockingbird? [Song of the mockingbird]
Maybe you heard Common Loons calling, as you vacationed on a northern lake.
[Wail of the Common Loon]
Or were you a city kid whose summer days were filled with the chatter of House Sparrows and the cooing of pigeons?
[Combine House Sparrows and Rock Pigeons]
If you lived in the arid West, perhaps you were awakened by the insistent inquiries of a California Quail? [Call of the California Quail]
Bird calls can transport us to times deep in our memory. Take a moment to recall the sound of a bird that has special meaning for you. [Pause]
And if you’d like to discover how your bird is faring, begin with a visit to our web site, birdnote.org, to learn about that bird’s conservation status.
[Call of the Mourning Dove]
Calls and songs of the birds provided by The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Call of the Whip-poor-will recorded by G.A. Keller; song of the Wood Thrush by G.F.Budney; wail of the Common Loon by S.R. Pantle; chatter of House Sparrows by W.W. H. Gunn; cooing of Rock Doves by A.L. Priori; call of California Quail by D.G. Allen; call of Mourning Dove by W.R. Fish.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2012 Tune In to Nature.org September 2012 Narrator: Frank Corrado