White-throated sparrow

Also in the north woods you find the beautiful sounds of the white-throated sparrow.
There are at least two distinct songs sung by this species. One consists of an initial note, followed by three or so repeated notes at an interval of about a major third above. The second song consists of an initial note, a second a whole step lower, and a third note, repeated 2-3 times, about a minor third below that. This second song is commonly described by use of mnemonics with the cadence of “Po-or Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody” (or “O-oh sweet Canada, Canada, Canada”) The rhythm is very regular, and the timbre could be described as pinched. These musical intervals are only approximate; to a human ear the song often sounds out of tune. The repeated note will often change in pitch very slightly, contributing to this effect.
The White-throated Sparrow also has at least two calls, in addition to its song. This is a bird that was recorded deep into the North Woods of Minnesota.

White Throated Sparrow taken by Steve Listengart in Rhode Island

Geek notes
State: Minnesota 

Description: Species recording

Habitat: wood/mixed
VoxType: Dawn
Category: soundscape

Recorder: SD 722
Mics: Telinga DAT
Sample rate: 44.1k 24 bit
Microphone pattern: Omni stereo
Take#  29

Anthrophony: cars on the main 169 HWY/

Geophony: wind in trees

Biophony: white-throated sparrow/red squirrel/ovenbird/

Weather: clear
Temp: 85f
Humidity: 65%
Wind: 3 mph
Barometer:  1009.6
Elevation: 223 ft
GPS: N.47.81717 W 092.16361

Recordist: Martyn Stewart

The White-throated sparrow of the North Woods

The white-throated sparrow is the distintive “song of the north woods. It is a large sparrow with a prominent bill. You often find these sparrows close to the ground and in flocks around ponds, forest edges and regrowth.
There are at least two distinct songs sung by this species. One consists of an initial note, followed by three or so repeated notes at an interval of about a major third above. The second song consists of an initial note, a second a whole step lower, and a third note, repeated 2-3 times, about a minor third below that. This second song is commonly described by use of mnemonics with the cadence of “Po-or Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody” (or “O-oh sweet Canada, Canada, Canada”) The rhythm is very regular, and the timbre could be described as pinched. These musical intervals are only approximate; to a human ear the song often sounds out of tune. The repeated note will often change in pitch very slightly, contributing to this effect.
The White-throated Sparrow also has at least two calls, in addition to its song. (source wikipedia)

Bear cubs in the North Woods


Copyright: martyn stewart
Geek notes from original recording.Date: 2010-07-12
Time: 17:57
State: Minnesota 

Description: afternoon soundscape

Habitat: wood/mixed
VoxType: afternoon
Category: soundscape

Recorder: SD 722
Mics: sennheiser mkh 40/30
Sample rate: 44.1k 24 bit
Microphone pattern: MS stereo
Take#  08

Anthrophony: cars on the main 169 HWY/39:25 car passes by the microphone/47:00 chain saw or motorbike/54:06 ATV passes by/1:05 truck passes close to the mics/

Geophony: wind in trees

Biophony: common raven/common yellowthroat/white throated sparrow/willow flycatcher/black-capped chickadee/chipping sparrow/blue jay/unknown/11:53 something walking through the grass/13:51 bee/16:37 white-throated sparrow/20:03 white-throated sparrow part song/common raven 21:18/55;04 flies/northern flicker/golden-crowned sparrow/veery/bumble bee/1:02 white-throated sparrow/blue jay/American robin/

Weather: clear
Temp: 85f
Humidity: 65%
Wind: 3 mph
Barometer:  1009.6
Elevation: 223 ft
GPS: N.47.81717 W 092.16361

Recordist: Martyn Stewart

Notes: inserted -30 db tone at beginning of the recording/ Mic suspension with Rycote windjammer and gitzo tripod/