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Spring Rain Refreshes a Desert

Springtime in the aridlands, and the birds are tuning up!

Springtime in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in southeastern California. Cacti and wildflowers glisten with raindrops, and birds begin to sing. A House Finch, a Bewick's Wren, a Cactus Wren, a Mourning Dove, and this Costa's Hummingbird all add their sounds.

The soundscapes featured in today's show were recorded by Gordon Hempton and provided courtesy of QuietPlanet.com.

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Spring Rain Refreshes the Desert - Anza Borrego

Written by Bob Sundstrom

This is BirdNote.

[Sound of rain falling]

A light April rain falls in the Anza Borrego Desert, in southeast California. Cacti and wildflowers glisten with raindrops, and birds begin to sing. [Anza Borrego finch and wren sounds]

The sweet, jumbled notes of a House Finch rise above the sound of the rain. [Song of House Finch] A Bewick’s Wren buzzes then breaks into exuberant song. [Bewick’s wren sings]

A Cactus Wren joins the chorus, standing atop a barrel cactus, calling gruffly…. [Cactus Wren notes, a harsh 5-7 note rapid sequence]

A Costa’s Hummingbird hovers at a cactus blossom, beating the air with thrumming wings [hummingbird wing sounds]. A Mourning Dove coos [coos].

Spring rains rejuvenate the desert. [Sound of rain falling]

Sounds for today’s BirdNote were recorded by Gordon Hempton. You’ll find a link to his work on birdnote.org. I’m Michael Stein.

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Sounds of the desert recorded at Anza Borrego Desert State Park [California] by Gordon Hempton, soundtracker.com.  Featured call of Morning Dove provided by Macaulay Library at Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, recorded by W.R. Fish.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2015 Tune In to Nature.org          May 2017     Narrator: Michael Stein

ID# desert-01-2011-04-07

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