Cranberry Glades Botanical Area - from forestwander.comAmerican Robin singing singing next to a small mountain brook winding through forest thick with rhododendron. 7:15am, 29 May 2000, Cranberry Glades Botanical Area near Raintown, West Virginia. © Lang Elliott. Please listen using headphones!

During all my travels, I’m constantly on the lookout (or rather, “earout”) for the most beautiful American Robin song. Over the years, I’ve gathered dozens of binaural soundscapes featuring this delicacy, and some are quite nice to behold. But I do believe that the song I recorded at Cranberry Glades Botanical Area in late May of the year 2000 is the finest of them all.

American Robin by Marie ReadI recorded this singer near the head of the trail leading from the parking lot to the boardwalk that circles through the glade. He was singing from near the top of a tree next to a small, gurgling brook, edged with rhododendron. I remember that I was a little impatient and wanted to get on with my trek. I mean … what’s the point of recording “yet another” robin? But I recorded him anyway and I am hugely grateful that I did!

What a beautiful mix of sound. The robin’s musical song is clear yet unobtrusive. The brook burbles gently to the right and to the left. Bird songs in the background (including that of a Hermit Thrush) add additional space and depth. So eminently relaxing, at least to my ear.

There’s something about robin-songs that impart a feeling of security, a sense that all is well in the world. This may have something to do with how widespread the species is, and that the song is so familiar to most of us, perhaps even harkening back to the carefree time of youth. How can things go wrong when the robin sings?

Need I say more? Please let me know what you think of this lovely binaural soundscape, and be sure to listen over headphones in order to experience the immersive 3D effect.

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