Celebrating the Vernal Equinox
Written by Bob Sundstrom
That is BirdNote!
Ahhh, the primary day of spring . . .ultimately! Let’s step outdoors and greet the brand new season. Clearly, the birds know somethin’ is up. Take heed to that Bewick’s Wren belt it out [Bewick’s Wren song].
The wren doesn’t know the exact on the spot of the vernal equinox, after all. It’s the second when the solar is instantly above the equator, and day and evening are practically equal all around the world. But the wren senses the rising hours of daylight by means of a surge of hormones. It’s time to sing [Bewick’s Wren song]!
Each science and folklore tie Spring to the renewal of nature, because the world awakens from the lengthy chilly winter. [Spotted Towhee song] A towhee shouts out its burry notes [Spotted Towhee song with multiple notes].
And, wow! There’s a tiny Ruby-crowned Kinglet, flashing its pink crown. Take heed to its tune bubble forth [Ruby-crowned Kinglet song].
Now there’s a comical sound, coming from the marsh. It’s a Virginia Rail, unseen however hardly unheard, ringing within the new season. [Oinking phrase of Virginia Rail vocalization].
Spring has sprung. The birds declare it official. [Ruby-crowned Kinglet song]
For BirdNote, I’m Mary McCann.
Daybreak tune recorded in Redmond WA by Martyn Stewart, naturesound.org
Different chook audio offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Songs of the Noticed Towhee and Ruby-crowned Kinglet recorded by G.A. Keller. Bewick’s Wren tune recorded by M.D. Medler. Name of Virginia Rail recorded by W.L Hershberger.
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Government Producer: Chris Peterson
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