A Song for May 05

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Click the sonogram to hear and see the sound.

The place we're listening to sounds like a marsh but looks like a grassland. Actually, it's a Willamette Valley wetland prairie that has been restored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at their William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, south of Corvallis, Oregon. In addition to the Soras, whose doit calls dominate this cut, toward the end you get the fly-by of a Wilson's Snipe giving a series of loud screech calls. At the very end is a resounding Sora whinny, with an answer by another bird midway through it. If you go to the Ebird list you can hear the Western Meadowlarks that were recorded at the same location a few minutes earlier.

Willamette Valley wetland prairie and the oak savannas that fringe it were perilously close to disappearing until a number of organizations stepped into the breach and began measures to restore the habitat and preserve the endemic species that depend on it. Among these are the Oregon Vesper Sparrow and the Streaked Horn Lark, along with many other animals and plants.

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