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When Birds Are NearDispatches from Contemporary Writers$
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Susan Fox Rogers

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501750915

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501750915.001.0001

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The Hour (or Two) before the Dawn

The Hour (or Two) before the Dawn

(p.167) Chapter 18 The Hour (or Two) before the Dawn
When Birds Are Near

Donald Kroodsma

Cornell University Press

This chapter details the author's experience listening to birds an hour or two before the dawn during a cross-country ride. As the author crossed the Big Hole River, a lone marsh wren sang lazily. It was a western marsh wren, with all of the harsh buzzes and rattles and whistles one would expect from its more than one hundred different songs, so different from the eastern marsh wren the author heard on the other side of the Great Plains. Yellow warblers race among a dozen or so different songs, filling all air time between songs with frenetic chipping. The author also listened to northern waterthrushes.

Keywords:   birds, bird calls, marsh wren, western marsh Wren, bird songs, yellow warblers, northern waterthrushes

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