Tundra Swans: February Rest Stop

John Williams

Summer Lake, United States

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The broad open marshes of the Great American Basin are exhilarating places to be for anyone thrilled to be in wild places inhabited by huge numbers of cacophonous wild creatures. The accumulative sound of thousands of Snow Geese, “Honkers,” marsh ducks, and Tundra Swans braking and turning to descend onto their bed grounds sounds very much like the 747s I remember when I lived not far from LAX. What a powerful eery sound to be created simply by feathered wings against the air! Add to this the woo-woo, woo-hooing; the houck-houking; the tootling; the honking & barking; the two-toned whistling; the whee, whee, wheeing; and many variations of the proverbial quack-quack, quack-quacking all together incessantly and you have a wall of sound that would make the studio concoctions of Phil Spector pale in comparison. This is the concert I never tire of!

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