Lang's backyard - dawn 23 April 2018 - by Lang ElliottPodcast featuring recordings made in Lang’s backyard on April 22, 2018. © 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) 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 26 species … 24 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.

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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