Morning on the Bayou
Written by Bob Sundstrom
That is BirdNote.
[Bayou ambient, throughout]
It’s morning on the bayou.
Cypress bushes draped with Spanish moss rise from nonetheless, darkish water. A Purple-bellied Woodpecker calls after which drums on an historical snag. [Rolling call & drum of Red-bellied Woodpecker] A Northern Parula sings its speedy, rising trill. [Northern Parula song] A Barred Owl hoots mightily as an alligator slithers by.
[Barred Owl hoot sequence]
Bayous are present in a lot of the Southeast from Arkansas to Alabama, throughout flat land that drains into the Mississippi. [Northern Parula song]. A typical bayou, akin to these for which Louisiana is known, is a tributary stream or a former river channel that loops and meanders, however has a really sluggish circulation. And the phrase bayou? It could sound French, but it surely comes from a Choctaw phrase for “small stream.”
A bayou’s luxuriant wetness helps lush development of bushes and shrubs, which in flip supply secluded nesting for a broad vary of birds. The putting Yellow-crowned Evening-Heron nests on bayous, as does the slim and sinuous Anhinga (an-HING-guh). And these Yellow-throated Warblers be part of many songbirds in testifying to the bountiful habitat of the bayou [Song of Yellow-throated Warbler].
For BirdNote, I’m Mary McCann. [Call of Red-bellied Woodpecker]
Sounds offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Bayou ambient 128918 recorded by G.Vyn and B. Clock; churring name and drumming 102195 of Purple-bellied Woodpecker recorded by D.W. Stemple; tune of Northern Parula recorded by W.L. Hershberger; Barred Owl 128933 recorded by G. Vyn; and tune of Yellow-throated Warbler 105488 by G.A. Keller.
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