This year has been exceptional, in that millions of periodic cicadas are now drowning out the routine bird calls:
It takes a lot of insects to make this much noise (click to play):
…making it necessary to do any bird recordings before the sun rises:
The local birds kick off up to an hour before sunrise (click to play):
Early morning is a pleasant time for a gentle stroll along the river, as the following series of photographs shows:
And if you come back after dark, you will discover that the frog chorus has changed dramatically from that of a month ago:
Yet another frog chorus (click to play):
Compare this recording with the third one in We All Stand Together. Both were recorded in the same place.