Return of the Birds

Hosted ByPeter Meddick

A little escape in the middle of your commute. If you're feeling shut in, shut down or shut out, let the birds carry you away. Return of the Birds is the long-form, serialized audiobook podcast of WAKE ROBIN by John Burroughs. First published in 1871, WAKE ROBIN is a detailed nature study of various birds’ northern migration in the spring. Paired with premier bird vocalizations from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology bird vocalizations, Return of the Birds delivers something something truly delightful and wholly unexpected.

Episode 3: Welcome Back Cuckoos, Warblers & Thrushes

Return of the Birds
Episode 3: Welcome Back Cuckoos, Warblers & Thrushes

Episode 3: Welcome Back Cuckoos, Warblers & Thrushes

Click here to listen to Episode 1.

Click here to listen to Episode 2.

Credits & Links:

Click the links below for details about the bird vocalizations used in this episode from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:


Intro music: Kai Engel Walking Barefoot on Grass

Outro music: The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps: United States National Anthem (The Star Spangled Banner)

Download Wake-Robin by John Burroughs in e-reader format at or

The Creative Commons and public domain contains a wealth of images, music and more. The images used in these show notes link back to the contributors.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

443 - YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO (6-30-12) with both cormorants, patagonia lake, scc, az -03


Bobolink Birds Hill Park.Manitoba

Black-billed Cuckoo

Black-billed Cuckoo, Miles City, MT, June 3, 2002

Wood Thrush

Field Sparrow

Birds - Field Sparrow by Laurie Sheppard

Vesper Sparrow

877 - VESPER SPARROW (9-27-10) san rafael valley grasslands, scc, az  (2)

Tree Sparrow

Tree Sparrow

White-eyed Vireo

Birds - White-eyed Vireo by Jesus Moreno

Winter Wren

694 - WINTER WREN (2-12-2017) patagonia lake, santa cruz co, az -01c

Hooded Warbler

819 - HOODED WARBLER (8-28-09) cerro alto cg road, slo co, ca  (4)

Worm-eating Warbler

Worm-eating Warbler

Water Thrush

WATERTHRUSH, NORTHERN (10-5-09) oceano c g -04

Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher

Blue-winged Warbler

802 - BLUE-WINGED WARBLER (5 -25-2015) middlesex co, ma -01

Northern Mockingbird

Northen Mockingbird

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

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