A hike through the mountains of the West, from the lowlands to the rocky alpine zones, reveals an incredibly diverse array of beautiful birds: Swainson’s Thrushes, Pine Grosbeaks, American Pipits and so many more to be found.
Mountain Walk with Bird Songs
Written by Bob Sundstrom
This is BirdNote.
(Swainson’s Thrush song, https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/206453 repeat twice with short gaps)
The song of a Swainson’s Thrush spirals upward, as we begin a hike in the mountains of the West. The trail leads from a riverside forest in the lowlands, and as we walk, bird voices ring out.
A mile up the trail in a stand of Ponderosa pines, a Townsend’s Solitaire lets loose its rush of notes.
(Townsend’s Solitaire song, https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/120266 )
Another mile along, and among silvery green fir trees the crystalline phrases of a Hermit Thrush carry through the forest.
(Hermit Thrush song, https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/207547 0:24 and 0:47)
A Pine Grosbeak warbles sweetly from the scattered evergreens, as our climb reaches the high subalpine.
(Pine Grosbeak song, https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/105794 )
We stop now at the top, in the open, rocky alpine zone, and an American Pipit hovers overhead and trills a long torrent of notes.
(American Pipit song, https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/105285 )
Finally, as we take in the vast, snow-draped mountain landscape, a White-tailed Ptarmigan cackles from atop a lichen-covered boulder.
(White-tailed Ptarmigan call, https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/192103 1:40 and 1:50)
Listen again at BirdNote.org. I’m Mary McCann.
Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Recorded by Geoffrey A. Keller and Bob McGuire.
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© 2018 Tune In to Nature.org July 2018/2019 Narrator: Mary McCann
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