Cactus Wren, on a cactus! (photo: Tom Grey)
Every spring, the rain brings bird songs back to the California desert. Michael Stein has this week’s Birdnote®.
CURWOOD: Spring. There is nothing like its rains to bring the California desert back to life. Here's Michael Stein with today’s BirdNote®.
STEIN: A light April rain falls in the Anza Borrego Desert, in southeast California. Cacti and wildflowers glisten with raindrops, and birds begin to sing.
[FINCH AND WREN SING]
The sweet, jumbled notes of a House Finch rise above the sound of the rain.
[HOUSE FINCH SINGS]
A Bewick’s Wren buzzes then breaks into exuberant song.
[BEWICK’S WREN SINGS]
A Cactus Wren joins the chorus, standing atop a barrel cactus, calling gruffly….
[CACTUS WREN HARSH RAPID SEQUENCE]
A Costa’s Hummingbird hovers at a cactus blossom, beating the air with thrumming wings.
[HUMMINGBIRD WINGS SOUNDS]
A Mourning Dove coos.
Spring rains rejuvenate the desert.
[BIRD SONG CONTINUES]
I’m Michael Stein.
CURWOOD: To see some photos of the all these birds, flap your way to our website LOE.org.
Written by Bob Sundstrom
Sounds of the desert recorded at Anza Borrego Desert State Park [California] by Gordon Hempton, soundtracker.com. Featured call of Morning Dove provided by Macaulay Library at Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, recorded by W.R. Fish.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2013 Tune In to Nature.org April 2013 Narrator: Michael Stein]
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