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A light April rain falls in the Anza-Borrego Desert, in southeast California. Cacti and wildflowers glisten with raindrops, and birds begin to sing.

The sweet, jumbled notes of a House Finch rise above the sound of the rain. A Bewick’s Wren buzzes then breaks into exuberant song.

A Cactus Wren joins the chorus, standing atop a barrel cactus, calling gruffly . . .

A Costa’s Hummingbird hovers at a cactus blossom, beating the air with thrumming wings. A Mourning Dove coos.

Spring rains rejuvenate the desert. 

Sounds for today’s BirdNote were recorded by Gordon Hempton of You’ll find a link to his work on I’m Michael Stein.



Written by Bob Sundstrom

Narrator: Michael Stein

Producer: John Kessler

Executive Producer: Chris Peterson

Sounds of the desert recorded at Anza Borrego Desert State Park [California] by Gordon Hempton,  Featured call of Morning Dove provided by Macaulay Library at Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, recorded by W.R. Fish.

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