The Sounds of Summer

No pictures this time nor have I tried my hand at audio recording yet. So, I will have words only. I have written about the sounds of the season before, but want to do so again.

Summer has its own phases, even though it isn’t officially summer, I think it safe to say most of us consider the summer as starting from the second half of May, and in general I agree with that. I would further state that this phase of summer is from the first half of May through the Fourth of July. The sounds of this part of summer are dominated by birds. Redwing blackbirds, robins, the call of the cranes, swallows, and so on.

There are very few insects sounds that stand out at this time of the year. Open your window as you go to sleep and what do you hear? Birds with their roosting calls and here it is pretty much all robin. After the birds are done with their roosting calls, and it becomes quiet it is very silent, maybe frogs if you have the requisite habitat nearby.

Then as we reach and pass the Fourth of July, what sounds start to emerge?

Insect sounds start to become audible. Mostly grasshoppers and or some insect I don’t know by name. I will be walking along the ditch at this time of the year and you can hear the bugs individually with their sounds, but if I am driving by the sounds blur into one constant din, it isn’t unpleasant, not in the least, but it is there and I am just starting to hear that sound here in my part of Wisconsin. Still, the night starts with bird calls and silence.

Then late summer comes, the corn is tossled out, the gardens are full of fruit and vegetables and a new sound comes — the crickets. Their night chirping is a sound I cherish and miss. It will slowly come and crescendo with the temperatures and then fade as the temperatures start to fall into fall. Those last nights you hear one or two lowly crickets slowly chirping away, I wonder if they know their end is near?

Good Stuff!

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