Listen to the Night

It’s mid-September in New England. The leaves are hinting at the spectacular show to come.




At this point in time, though, the real drama is at night when you can’t see a thing. There’s a chorus so complex that I have no idea which sounds come from the frogs, the insects, or the birds. I’m sure there are naturalists out there who can parse this orchestra into it’s components. (Leave a comment and let me know what you hear!) But, before analyzing it, simply listen to it as a whole. It’s a full-throttled concert throbbing lustily with life.

Having gone from deafness back to hearing thanks to science and cochlear implants, this nightly chorus is a miraculous thing to immerse myself in. Read more about CIs here.


  1. I’ll take that chorus over traffic any day of the week. It’s one of many reasons I dislike winter. No chorus. Oh! And no bird song to wake me in the mornings! However, now that I’m raising crickets to feed my lizard, I at least have cricket song year round!

  2. This post reminded me of a website I enjoyed years ago. There were sound files of individual insects and birds, for identification purposes. The website was down for a long time…but it’s back now, and they’ve gone commercial!

    Maybe other readers know about a good website for song identification?

    • (I had to launch Safari to play the soundfile)- sounds a lot like what I’d heard in NY, mid-June. I suspected that one voice was a frog, but I never went out with a flashlight to find out. Sometimes it’s best to “accept the mystery”! A wonderful thing to share.

  3. The rhythmic buzzing that overlays the cricket chorus is katydids. We don’t have many of them in Vermont; whenever I’m somewhere that has them in abundance in summer, I’m enchanted.

  4. I once had a complete set of tapes (whoops, done spilled the beans on which generation I am counted among) that were all sounds like this one: night chorus, laughing stream, thunderstorm in D minor, etc. My mom played them in the office she worked in and said it was quite relaxing. Mostly, it was intriguing to the other workers, most of whom were city dwellers. They not only deprived themselves of a live concert, but they missed the finale by Rusty the Rooster at 5:40 AM. This is the kind of sounds I like to fall asleep to at night.

  5. We hear these sounds nearly every night, here in south Mississippi, during the Summer and I never tire of it!! Mostly what you hear are tree frogs and crickets singing their hearts out … just for us.

  6. Wow! That´s so beautiful!
    Here we listen ants walking and cutting leaves. It´s so loud!

    • I am not fond of ants, but I’ve seen videos of the leaf cutters and there is something delightful about their marching – from a distance! :)