May in an Eastern hardwood forest, and the chorus of spring birdsong is nearing its peak. The Carolina Wren, a year-round resident, has been singing since the end of winter. The resounding notes of this Ovenbird let us know it has returned safely from Belize, after a long flight across the Gulf of Mexico. A Chestnut-sided Warbler joins in, having returned from winter in Costa Rica, to the same patch of woods in which it nested last year. By late May, the last of the migrants has arrived from the tropics.
Spring Birds Arrive in the Eastern Forest
Written by Bob Sundstrom
This is BirdNote.
[Carolina Wren singing]
Morning dew sparkles on the leaves of an Eastern hardwood forest. It’s May, and the chorus of spring bird song is nearing its peak. [Carolina Wren featured, Eastern Wood-Pewee in background]
The rich notes of a Carolina Wren carry through the understory. A year-round resident, it’s been singing since the end of winter. [Carolina Wren]
A Chestnut-sided Warbler joins in [Chestnut-sided Warbler song]. It has returned from winter in Costa Rica, to the same patch of woods in which it nested last year. [Scarlet Tanager song]
Now we hear a Scarlet Tanager. [Scarlet Tanager song] This striking long- distance migrant completed its journey from Bolivia in early May.
… there are the resounding notes of an Ovenbird, letting us know it has returned safely from Belize, after a long flight across the Gulf of Mexico. [Ovenbird song]
And the whistled notes of an Eastern Wood-Pewee are unmistakable. [Eastern Wood-Pewee song] How different these woods must look to the pewee, after a winter in the lowland forest of Peru. [Eastern Wood-Pewee song]
By late May, the last of the migrants has arrived from the tropics. All have journeyed across the continents bringing us the gift of their songs. [Reprise of songs]
I’m Mary McCann.
Sounds of the birds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Song of the Eastern Wood-Pewee recorded by G.A.Keller; Scarlet Tanager by G.A.Keller: Ovenbird by R.C. Stein; Carolina Wren by T.A. Parker III; Chestnut-sided Warbler W.W.H. Gunn. Ambient drawn from Ovenbird track and from boreal forest Maine, G.F. Budney.
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© 2013 Tune In to Nature.org May 2013/2021 Narrator: Mary McCann