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Voices and Vocabularies - Robin's Evening Song

At sunset, robin song takes on a different character

During the day, an American Robin, a member of the thrush family, sings a lovely, familiar song of rich phrases. But as the sun begins to set, robin song takes on a different character. From sunset until dark, a robin adds ethereal whispered notes to its carol, creating a song of remarkable grace and complexity. In the high latitudes, where twilight lingers late into the evening, a robin may expand its daytime carols into a twilight symphony that continues for hours.

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The Robin’s Exquisite Evening Song

Written by Bob Sundstrom

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[Typical American Robin daytime song (1)]
During the day, an American Robin sings a lovely, familiar song of rich phrases. The phrases vary, and ring forth with a lilting quality.
[Typical American Robin song]
But as the sun begins to set, robin song takes on a new and exquisitely different character. [American Robin evening song (2)] From sunset until dark, a robin adds ethereal whispered notes to its carol, creating a song of remarkable grace and complexity.
[Repeat evening song]
Let’s listen more closely to the fine detail of a robin’s evening song, by slowing down the same notes to ½ normal speed. 
[1/2 speed play evening song (3)] 
Here’s another passage of evening song at 1/2 speed.
[Evening song (4)]
In the high latitudes, where twilight lingers late into the evening, a robin may expand its daytime carols into a twilight symphony that continues for hours.
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Song of typical American Robin (1) recorded by Donald Kroodsma Singing Life of Birds CD, track 12: between 15-21.  (2) Kroodsma CD, track 13:24-35  (3) ½ speed of track #2   (4) ½ speed track 13:47–55.  The Singing Life of Birds, by Donald Kroodsma, Houghton Mifflin, Co., New York, New York.  2005. Evening ambient of several robins singing recorded by C. Peterson M III T 50.
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2013 Tune In to Nature.org    June 2013   Narrator: Michael Stein
ID#  AMRO-11-2013-06-11 AMRO-11


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