Caprock Coulee Dawn Chorus, 10 July 2011, Theodore Roosevelt National Park (north unit), about 15 miles south of Watford City, North Dakota. © Lang Elliott. Note: this is a 3D binaural soundscape; please wear headphones for a realistic spatial effect.
Enjoy this beautiful summer dawn chorus from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota (see map below). Listen for the songs of American Crow, Yellow-breasted Chat, Mourning Dove, Painted Bunting, Spotted Towhee, Field Sparrow, and crickets. I made this recording during a westward journey in 2011. It is among my favorites.
The setting was beautiful: a lush grassy meadow and wooded ravine enclosed by steep rocky slopes. Technically speaking, a “coulee” is a unique box-shaped valley created by ice age floods. Take a look at the above photo and you will see that this coulee is crowned by a prominent “caprock” in the distance … hence the name: Caprock Coulee!
Let me know what you think of this soundscape. And do you hear any additional birds?
This is lovely, thank you for sharing with us…we really enjoy it.
What kind of recorder you use? I’m just getting started and use a zoom h4n . For the price really happy with the results. So addicting , especially recording the sounds at night. Your work is so inspirational/ motivating.
Wonderful sounds and scenery on such a snowy day here in Ottawa CA.
Mourning doves are busy in our backyard .
Nice to see you back again. I like the recording.
If there is a heaven, it must sound like your Soundscape.
A special thank you for the Chat…I haven’t seen or heard one for over 20+ years.
So many birds! It’s a delight! I’m hearing them in rural Australia, mid summer, some are familiar. I can identify the dove. I will listen to more of your recordings- gorgeous picture, it must be a beautiful place.
hope the music-of-nature fans’ joy increases your listenership.
your captured soundscapes are unique.
Thanks you Elise. I have so many unpublished soundscapes that I hope to make available on musicofnature.com. Right now I’m working up a production celebrating the Coqui, the national frog of Puerto Rico. Also starting to work on material from my western trip. And then there are all those wonderful frog and toad choruses, gathered through the years at many locations in eastern and central North America. No time for sleep … I gotta get rolling! : >)
I’m going to be in cute to get more of your soundbites.
Just so amazing, so looking forward to getting back to more recording. Thanks for sharing your passion.
You’re welcome Dick. Recording season is approaching at warp speed! I can hear the roar of the train rounding the bend.
I love it! Thank you for all of your sharing. Wish I were sitting in the middle of all that sound. I can pretend for now.
Aptly named. Wonderful recording and I particularly enjoyed the persistent mourning dove and dominant American Crow. Felt I was sitting in the North Dakota forest. Thank you for sharing the experience.
That’s a whole lot of bird happiness! Even the crows (for whom I have great affection) with their inelegant voices can’t stop singing about it…you gotta caw when the spirit says caw! Thanks for sharing, Lang and I’m so glad spring has sprung in you with renewed health! Caw!
Wonderful. Lang, the stereo separation is outstanding. Can you divulge what you recorded this with?
I recorded this soundscape with my SASS setup, two Sennheiser MKH20s mounted in a Crown Stereo Ambient Sampling System holder. I’m sure you’re familiar with this.
Did you obtain a Wildtronics parabola? If yes, then how do you like it?
Big, soft Virginia snowflakes gliding through my visual field,
Summer sounds of North Dakota permeating my audio field,
My husband and I just got a small popup slide in camper and are planning a cross country trip ( some family in Oregon ) not yet sure when or where but, after hearing these sounds and looking into the Theodore Roosevelt Park, if we are that far north it will be on our radar. Thanks.
Loved your previous post also …. here’s to more of us dropping into STILLness ~~~~~~~
I absolutely love this! It’s so peaceful, I can almost feel the sun on my face. How wonderful!
Glad you like it!