Running Time:

76 min

Release Date:

February 2014

Recording Location:

Ladybird Johnson Grove, Redwoods National Park, California

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Enter an ancient grove of Redwoods, on California's northern coast.

Life-sustaining mists drift in from the nearby Pacific, swirling between magnificent, straight-trunked trees. It is dawn, and in the half light, the first birdsong is heard; the ethereal singing of Varied Thrushes.

Soft yapping cries come from above the canopy as Marbled Murrelets wing overhead. Soon other birds awake; sparrows, warblers and ravens, to join the growing dawnsong.

Later in the day, we sit quietly by a shallow stream as it flows through the forest. Dappled light filters through the trees, and delicate birdsong permeates the air.

The next morning, there has been a heavier mist. The forest's dawn chorus is added to by the gentle patter of dewfall. The Thrushes encore, along with the distant calling of a Barred Owl.

Andrew comments:

This album is presented in three scenes: a first dawn, an afternoon, and another dawn. The afternoon sequence is particularly spacious and relaxing, the dawn recordings fascinating and evocative. The ravens in these redwoods are rather characterful, giving all kinds of gargling and croaking calls.

We were so delighted to capture the sounds of Marbled Murrelets. These small seabirds  spend the day feeding at sea, before returning to roost high in a Redwood. They are a rare species, very endangered, and we are privileged to hear them as they wing seawards on their morning 'commute'.

Audio sample of this album


Dawn and Drifting Mist, with Varied Thrushes and Marbled Murrelets



Stream in Dappled Light, with Steller's Jays and Brown Creepers



Dewfall, with Ravens and Barred Owl


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