Dunback Songs

COVID project #37 – a series of timelapses and video, mostly at Dunback Meadow in Lexington, Massachusetts. I also recorded the birds at sunrise and layered that in with the piano music. Fun work in progress (I’m convinced I can…

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COVID project #37 – a series of timelapses and video, mostly at Dunback Meadow in Lexington, Massachusetts. I also recorded the birds at sunrise and layered that in with the piano music. Fun work in progress (I’m convinced I can get better sunrises and sunsets)…

This time has forced us all to stop, pick our heads up and pay attention to what’s around us. Not a bad way to go. Most of this footage is within a half mile of my house in suburban Boston (and the bird nest sequence is from my back porch).
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For those interested, this project was pretty fun. The seed got planted over 15 years ago on a trip to Costa Rica with a buddy. We heard this music from a pianist, Manuel Obregón, who would take his equipment into the rainforest and record the wildlife and do a call and response on the spot as part of his process. So that’s the song in the background and the call and response part is from Costa Rica. But I also recorded the birds at Dunback Meadow at sunrise, and – being the geek I am – asked a colleague, who is a bird biologist, to identify the calls/songs. He identified seven species of birds. The most prominent call is the Song sparrow (Melospiza melodia) and there are also the following birds that he could identify from a recording from my phone – Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), American robin (Turdus migratorius), Prairie warbler (Setophaga discolor) , Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla), Chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina), and Common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas). And what really blew my mind is that there have been 193 species of birds recorded at Dunback!

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