A Song for
On April 3, 2016 I began a transect through the Francis Marion National Forest, Charleston County, SC,
before dawn. I drove slowly along Whilden Road counting singing birds through the open windows. I stopped a few times to
make recordings. This is a particularly emphatic Red-Shouldered Hawk that I encountered around 7:00 a.m., EDT, near the
bridge that crosses an upper reach of Wambaw Creek between the junction of Whilden with Willow Hall Road and the
junction with Victor Lincoln Road.
You have to listen to Prothonotary Warblers and other swamp birds for about 20 seconds before the hawk comes in. Interestingly,
the last hawk call is overlain with a Barred Owl call. My next cut that morning captured the Barred Owl. It too is associated with
with my Ebird checklist, which you may access by clicking the link in the the sonogram box.