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On the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, birds across the North American continent greet the dawn — from the Florida Keys and the marshes of Chesapeake Bay, from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, home of this Audubon's Oriole, and the great plains of North Dakota, to the mountains of New Mexico and the Pacific Northwest, and all the way up to the Arctic. Wherever you live, step outside and listen to the magnificent chorus. Click on “Full Transcript” to see a list of the birds in this story.
Summer Solstice - Dawn Voices Across the Continent
Written by Bob Sundstrom
This is BirdNote.
On the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, birds across the North American continent greet the dawn — from the Florida Keys, to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, to the Arctic.
(In the Florida Keys, a Mangrove Cuckoo)
[Mangrove Cuckoo song, http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/129709, 0.15.-21]
(A Black Rail in a Chesapeake Bay marsh)
[Black Rail calls, http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/166490, 0.11-.14]
(White-winged Crossbill in Ontario’s boreal forest)
[White-winged Crossbill song, http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/133361, 0.25-.32]
(Lark Bunting long song on North Dakota plains)
[Lark Bunting song, http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/516637, 0.00-.05 and 0.23-.29]
(Audubon's Oriole in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas)
[Audubon’s Oriole song, http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/105567, 0.32-.38]
(American Dipper on a rushing stream in the Rockies)
[American Dipper song, http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/8992, 0.21-.27]
(Townsend's Solitaire in the Pacific Northwest)
[Townsend’s Solitaire song, http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/50193, 2.51-2.55]
(Lapland Longspur in the Arctic)
[Lapland Longspur song, repeat http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/132125, 0.37-.40]
You can put names to these voices. Start 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. 129709 recorded by Michael J. Andersen, 166490 and 516637 recorded by Wilbur L. Hershberger, 133361, 105567, and 50193 recorded by Geoffrey A. Keller, 8992 recorded by Randolph S. Little and Warren Y. Brockelman, and 132125 recorded by Gerrit Vyn.
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Sallie Bodie
© 2017 Tune In to Nature.org June 2017/2020 Narrator: Mary McCann
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