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Morning Chorus

Published: February 6, 2018

By Mark Seth Lender

© 2011 Mark Seth Lender All Rights Reserved

At the edge of day, it’s a birds’ world. Read Mark Seth Lender’s blog post.

(En route to Arviat, N.E. Hudson Bay, August 11, 2011)

Early, well before the sun when the Arctic light is still shallow, and all is silhouette and shadow, the birds (more birds than you have ever heard) begun to chorus, loud. Flocks of Least Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Common Loons, an Eider Duck with her young, and a flight of Arctic Terns all carry on their conversations. Sometimes, one alone calls out, startled, perhaps, or merely moved by the moment to shout about - who knows what? To this add in the beat of wings passing awesome close, and the lap of the incoming tide, and behind it all the quiet roar of the perpetual Boreal wind.

Back to North Knife: An Expedition to Hudson Bay with Mark Seth Lender


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