Shindagin Hollow © Lang Elliott Nature soundscape featuring Black-throated Green Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Winter Wren, Blue Jay, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Ovenbird, and more. 8am, 30 April, 2016, Shindagin Hollow near Brooktondale, New York. © Lang Elliott.

This morning was cloudy but calm. I went to nearby Shindagin Hollow to see if there were any new arrivals … and sure enough there were. I recorded for nearly twenty minutes from a ridge not far up-slope. The stream at the bottom was quite loud because of recent rains, but not overwhelming from my position. The featured soundscape is a condensed version of the original … I’ve removed sections where not much was happening so that you can enjoy the best parts.

Getting out of my car, the first thing I noticed (how could anyone miss it?) was the high-pitched see-see-see-see-soo-zee of a Black-throated Green Warbler, singing from directly overhead. Then I became aware of a distant Rose-breasted Grosbeak, whistling his robin-like notes from the other side of the hollow (actually, there are two of them). Next I was uplifted by the cheerful songs of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, singing from the understory not far down-slope.

Then, a real surprise … a Winter Wren suddenly piped his telltale silvery song from high in a Hemlock tree (he gave an abridged song the first time, followed by more typical versions). Next I was delighted by the raucous calls of two Blue Jays. Then another wonderful surprise, the buzzy, rising zree-zree-zree of a Black-throated Blue Warbler. How exciting can it get?

Birds sounding off faintly in the background include a Dark-eyed Junco trilling near the beginning of the recording, and then an Ovenbird giving his teacher-teacher-teacher-teacher toward the end. There are also a number of call notes near the end, but I’m not certain which species is making them (perhaps they are concern calls of the Black-throated Blue?).

As a bonus, I’ve decided to treat you to a closeup recording of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak that you can hear in the background of the featured recording (I’m pretty certain he’s the same bird). I homed-in on him by driving up a dirt road on the other side of the hollow, and then hiking a short distance into the woods. He was high in a maple tree and his musical whistles are quite reverberant, adding to the beauty of his performance.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak closeup recording (this is the same bird heard in the background in the above recording, I think). Listen also for a (probably Downy) Woodpecker drumming, a Chipping Sparrow (or Junco?) trilling, and the loud call notes of an Eastern Towhee. © Lang Elliott.

Yessirree, the migrants are arriving in spades and soon we’ll have a rollicking dawn chorus. I can’t help but wonder what other fresh arrivals are lurking about, not quite ready to join the morning roll call. Maybe Scarlet Tanager? And where are the Wood Thrushes and Veerys? Be patient Lang, be patient.

Oh my, how I love this magical time of the year!

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