Brown Creeper Dawn Song

November 20, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

This post is mostly an excerpt from Nathan Pieplow's website, to which I've added a few photos BRCR's.

 

The Dawn Song of Brown Creeper

The dawn chorus. You love it or you hate it.

If you hate it, it’s probably because you don’t appreciate being roused from sleep by a vigorous burst

of birdsong in the early morning darkness.  This is a common sentiment in the parts of the world where

we now think of nature as an interruption of our experience, rather than the medium through which

it flows. 

If you love the dawn chorus, it may be for its music, its regularity, its symbolism.  Or just for the happy

reminder that nature survives, at least in some form, right outside the window.

I love the dawn chorus in part because it contains songs that you can hear at no other time of day.  A number

of North American birds sing dawn songs unlike anything they say after sunrise. I’ve written here about several: 

Violet-green SwallowAmerican RobinCassin’s KingbirdCordilleran and Pacific-slope

Flycatchers.  But if you had asked me six months ago whether Brown Creeper had a distinctive dawn song,

I would have told you no. .....

 
Nathan's blog post includes a number of recordings showing differences in song cycles and calls.
 
The image below is by Bill Schmoker, longtime bird photographer:
BRCR_4 by Bill Schmoker The images below are from Wikimedia Commons:
284px-Certhia-americana-001 and
400px-Brown_creeper_(Certhia_americana)

 


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