Thursday, August 3, 2017

Hearing the call

The guy's not wrong about the call being a very peaceful sound. If you're in tune with it at least. It's often amazing to see the kinds of big sounds relatively small animals can make.


susan said...

The calls of the loons really are magical and otherworldly. I have two books by David Abram - The Spell of the Sensuous and Becoming Animal. Written with passion and deep insight he allows us to sense wild nature as though for the first time. His understanding of how oral cultures (indigenous peoples) relate(d) to the natural world and how ever-increasing literary technology effects a major loss of vital connection with the wild world.

The surprise we got this year was getting to both hear and see a pileated woodpecker when it made its surprising call. We'd seen them them a number of times and had heard the calls, but never connected the two until that day.

I'm glad you found this one.

Ben said...

Your mention of David Abram prompted me to look up his Wikipedia article. I'm pretty positive I've at least heard of him before, and of ecopsychology. I do like his phrase "the more than human world", as I think that a larger-than-us context is the best way to understand the natural world. Will have to read more of him.

The pileated woodpecker does have a fetching call. Such an interesting way for a bird to develop, too.