This was recorded in spring at Conical Depression in Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park, Shasta County, California. Conical Depression is a wide, shallow crater with a small lake in the middle, which is ringed with tule and cattails, with a wide clearing around the lake which is surrounded by juniper and oak woodland.
I set up the microphone beneath junipers and oaks near the edge of the clearing to record for twenty-four hours. I then took two minutes from every hour and edited it all together, with a short crossfade between each clip, for this episode. It's a departure from the continuous recordings I normally use for full episodes, but I thought it was more than just a bonus episode. I hope this gives you a sense of the variations in the soundscape over a twenty-four hour period in one location.
In this episode you'll hear a variety of birds, including but not limited to Tree Swallows, White Crowned Sparrows, House Finches, Mourning Doves, California Quail, White Breasted Nuthatches, House Wrens, Mallard Ducks, and Great Horned Owls. You will also hear an absolutely cacophonous chorus of frogs that started a little after sunset and slowly diminished through the night into the following morning. Fair warning, the frogs get pretty loud.
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