Podcast featuring recordings I made in my backyard on April 22, 2018 (Earth Day). © Lang Elliott.

Hi all! I’ve so busy over the last few months working on a mobile app project that I have neglected blogging altogether. To remedy the situation, I got up early on Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day!) to see how many birds I could record with my trusty parabolic microphone. I was expecting perhaps a dozen or so, given the difficulty of getting decent recordings. As it turns out, I ended up recording a whopping 25 species … 23 birds, 1 frog and 1 mammal, all found in my own backyard (I never left our property). Luckily, we have a number of habitats, which helps for sure, including: a pond with some cattails, grassy meadows, lots of shrubby edges, an overgrown field, and forest.

Here is a species list, arranged in order of appearance during my walk:

    Blue Jay
    Song Sparrow
    Red Fox
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Mourning Dove
    Northern Cardinal
    Field Sparrow
    Fox Sparrow
    Dark-eyed Junco
    Black-capped Chickadee
    Eastern Towhee
    American Goldfinch
    House Finch
    American Robin
    Northern Flicker
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Downy Woodpecker
    White-breasted Nuthatch
    Tufted Titmouse
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Golden-crowned Kinglet
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    Spring Peeper
    Northern Ravin

Returning to my studio this morning, I set about editing the recordings and throwing together a narrative, which I performed off-the-cuff, without writing down any script. I rather like the result … uncomplicated, straightforward, and without too much talking. I was lucky to have gotten so many recordings, which makes for a compelling little bird walk, so suitable for celebrating the dawn chorus on an early spring day.

As usual, let me know what y’all think!

p.s. This podcast seems to be getting a lot of traction, I think because it emphasizes the experience of being outdoors, as opposed to providing “information about things”. You may note that I offer little in the way of explanations. Mainly the podcast is a celebration of nature’s voices and our ability as humans to take pleasure in recognizing whose voices we’re hearing. When one can identify the songs and calls of birds and other creatures (and when one has some previous experience with each), every walk in nature becomes a “walk among friends” who are calling out to our ears. Quite often, I feel as if I have been created by nature to sense and celebrate itself. That is clearly my calling and perhaps my highest purpose in life.

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