Sounds of Spring

Kluane National Park and Reserve

Each spring Parks Canada has been monitoring breeding songbirds on the Auriol Trail since 2009. Click on the links below to hear an audio clip of the calls of some of those birds.

 Learn more about ecological monitoring in Kluane National Park and Reserve.

Dark-eyed Junco
(Junco hyemalis)

 Dark-eyed Junco

One of the first migrants to arrive, the dark-eyed junco can be recognized by its pinkish bill, its dark grey head and by the flash of two outer white tail feathers as it flies away.

 Dark-eyed Junco call

Yellow-rumped Warbler
(Setophaga coronate)

 Yellow-rumped Warbler

With its bright yellow rump patch, the most abundant warbler in the Yukon fills the forests with its ubiquitous song.

 Yellow-rumped Warbler song

Trumpeter Swans
(Cygnus buccinator)

Trumpeter Swan

This large, long-lived bird can often be found in pairs breeding in ponds and lakes throughout the Yukon.

 Trumpeter Swan song

Wilson’s Snipe
(Gallinago delicate)

Wilson's Snipe

This widespread shorebird is easily identified by the “winnowing” sound made by diving birds as the wind passes through their modified outer tail feathers.

 Wilson's Snipe winnowing


Wood Frog
(Lithobates syvaticus)

Wood Frog

Check out audio of another Kluane National Park and Reserve resident.

Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus): Emerging from under leaf litter, wood frogs thaw out from their frozen winter state and start singing in mid-May in ponds in the boreal forest.

 Wood Frog singing

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