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.

The Adirondacks

Return of the Birds
The Adirondacks

The start of chapter three of Wake-Robin by naturalist, John Burroughs. Burroughs and a group of fishing companions depart for the Boreas Reach near Lake Placid, New York. Burroughs demonstrates his skill as a trout fisherman, earning the respect of their guide.

Hunting at night on an open lake, the starlight reflected in the center gave the dark timberline at the water’s edge a belt of utter blackness, a portal between the real and the imaginary, the land of shadows  and specters.

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.

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

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