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An Evening in Sapsucker Woods - With A.A. Allen

Sapsucker Woods - in perpetuity, a bird sanctuary
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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology maintains the largest collection of bird sounds in the world. In 1958, Arthur Allen, the lab’s founder, described An Evening in Sapsucker Woods: “There is a charming spot in the Finger Lakes country of central New York that we know as Sapsucker Woods. Friends have given it to Cornell University to be set aside in perpetuity as a bird sanctuary. At its northern border is a woodsy pond, where the waterfowl vie with the frogs and toads to make the nights musical and interesting. … Here, the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker finds a place sufficiently cool to satisfy its Canadian urge … and rear its young south of its normal range.”

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From An Evening in Sapsucker Woods
Songs of Birds and Other Denizens of a Northeastern Woodland
Recorded by A.A. Allen

This is BirdNote!
Cornell Lab of Ornithology maintains the largest collection of bird sounds in the world. Let’s listen as Arthur Allen, the lab’s founder, narrates, in 1958, An Evening in Sapsucker Woods:

“There is a charming spot in the Finger Lakes country of central New York that we know as Sapsucker Woods. Friends have given it to Cornell University to be set aside in perpetuity as a bird sanctuary. At its northern border is a woodsy pond, where the waterfowl vie with the frogs and toads to make the nights musical and interesting. We call it Sapsucker Woods because here, the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker finds a place sufficiently cool to satisfy its Canadian urge and sound its irregular Morse code and rear its young south of its normal range.
:38      (Yellow-bellied Sapsucker tapping….)

2:34     We now invite you to sit with us to sit with us [at the west window] as the shadows lengthen and listen to the changing calls of the wild…

2:53    The Scarlet Tanager is the first to greet us from a nearby pine, singing like a robin in a hurry with a cold “hurry, worry, flurry, burry” (song of Scarlet Tanager)

3:24    Now, the descending spirals of a Veery (song of Veery)

4:09    Across the road over the open field, a Bobolink sings his last song of the evening    (song of Bobolink)

4:30    And then gives over to the Vesper Sparrow that does his finest singing in the twilight…(song of Vesper Sparrow)…

Enjoy the rest of the story, and learn more about the Lab, at birdnote.org.  
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Permission granted by Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Greg Budney) for use of An Evening in Sapsucker Woods, with modest edits. Original 1958 CD was reissued by Cornell Laboratory - Macaulay Library, copyright 2004. 
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2012 Tune In to Nature.org   July 2012  Narrator: Mary McCann

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