Mild and Tune – Sparks in Winter



Mild and Tune – Sparks in Winter

Written by Bryan Pfeiffer

That is BirdNote.

Even within the ruthless grip of winter, when the snow crunches beneath your boots, an ember glows within the lilt of a Black-capped Chickadee.

[Black-capped Chickadee “fee-bee” LNS# 58123 from 0:13 to 0:24]

Even within the northern states, the place the Arctic can appear too shut for consolation, springtime erupts from the music of a Home Finch.

[House Finch song LNS# 22941from 0:31 to 0:33 and 0:36 to 0:38]

Even now, in February, when the air outdoors is brittle and painful, heat rides the rhythm of an American Robin.

[American Robin song LNS#94261 from 0:12 to 0:21]

No, spring isn’t simply across the nook — at the least not within the north. However even in winter, some birds greet the dawn with music.

[Chorus of the same three species]

We usually hear the daybreak refrain in springtime, when birds sing to outline territory and entice mates. However birds don’t breed by heat alone. Day size is a much more dependable spark than climate. And in February, as the times develop longer, birds start to sing a prelude to spring.

It’s not completely clear how they measure day size. However we do know that photo-receptors in birds’ brains sense the growing gentle. It triggers the manufacturing of hormones, which helps convey on the breeding season. 

[Chorus of the same three species]

For BirdNote, I’m Michael Stein.


Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. 58123 recorded by William W. H. Gunn, 22941 recorded by William R. Fish, and 94261 recorded by Wilbur L. Hershberger.
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Government Producer: Sallie Bodie
© 2017 Tune In to   February 2017/2019/2022   Narrator: Michael Stein

ID#        song-15-2017-02-27    song-15


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