Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Dinosaur chorus

Seward, Alaska

Sunrise 4:58 am, civil twilight 3:44 am, sunset 10:51 pm for a total day length of 17 hours and 53 minutes. Tomorrow will be 3 minutes and 59 seconds longer.

Technically it was still night at 3:45 am when the good dog roused me from my warm bed to let her out. Was I ever glad! As noted above, it was civil twilight time, not at all dark, and I opened the door to glorious concert in progress.

Close by in a spruce, a ROBIN held center stage, his sweet melody dominating the chorus. His counterpart down the street answered in turn, just as sweetly. In the shrubs, a FOX SPARROW cheerfully piped up as did his rival a block away. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS let loose a cascade of tumbling trills while the YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS rolled their song at a more relaxed pace.

In the distance, the serene notes of the HERMIT THRUSH fell like gentle raindrops on a reflecting pond, soothing the spirit. Each virtuoso seemed to follow a master score, listening and waiting for their turn in a timeless, grand performance.

As I listened and marveled in my nightie at the threshold of a brand new day, I wondered if dinosaurs sang. We will never know, but their descendants seem to have the benefit of millions of years of practice to reach this stage of perfection.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold

Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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