Shindagin Hollow Habitat Early morning chorus at Shindagin Hollow beaver pool. 6:15am, 20 May 2016. © Lang Elliott.

Last night I camped out in Shindagin Hollow. I laid my super-comfy sleeping mat directly on the ground next to a small pond created by beaver (although there was no fresh sign from the beaver). At around 11pm, I crawled into my sleeping bag with my soundscape mic placed nearby, just in case something exciting happened during the night.

Aside from the occasional hoots from a distant Barred Owl, the night was uneventful. I rose at 4:30 am, a little before the first bird songs of the day. The grass around me was frosted. I quickly engaged my mic and then left to meet up with fellow recordist Bob Mcguire. We tested a new microphone setup at a different location and then took a nice walk in the forest, eventually returning to Shindagin Hollow to retrieve my gear.

Listening to my Shindagin capture later in the morning, I’m pleased with what I hear. I consider it a fine and worthy “Morning Meditation,” suitable for relaxed and easy listening. The section that I’ve featured above is quite pleasant, at least to my ear. The primary sound elements are as follows:

  • The gentle gurgle of water passing over an old beaver dam
  • A variety of tweety-bird songs (see list below)
  • The reverberant hoots of a distant Barred Owl (at beginning only)
  • Songbirds that I hear (do you hear more?):

  • Wood Thrush
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Common Yellowthroat (songs plus chatter-calls and tschat calls)
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Blue Jay
  • Veery (veeyer calls)
  • Least Flycatcher
  • American Redstart
  • Ovenbird
  • Red-shouldered Hawk<>/li>

    So what do you think? Did you enjoy this morning meditation and the wonderful mix of sounds that mother nature has so graciously provided? What a wonderful way to start the day!

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