During a visit to Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky in early October of 2009, I was impressed by the rich and varied insect chorus. Crickets and katydids dominated the nighttime soundscape and I worked hard to find a nice combination of singing crickets, free of the incessant harsh rattles of true katydids. It was a cool night, around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. I began recording the cricket concerto and was thrilled when coyotes sounded off in the distance, followed by a pair of barred owls hooting:
Several species of crickets singing with Coyotes and Barred Owls sounding off in the background. 10pm, 2 October 2009, Land Between the Lakes Kentucky. Recorded by Lang Elliott.
I’m curious as to how everyone reacts to this recording (please don’t play it too loud!). It sounds good to my ears, but my high frequency response is pretty poor, so maybe you will find the insects a little overwhelming.
Listen for the different insect songs. A Broad-winged Tree Cricket (I believe) trills loudly at around 1600 Hz. At 3000 Hz, another cricket (not sure which one) gives repeated buzzy trills. Above that is a chorus of continuous-trilling tree crickets. Other insects can be heard as well. The reverberation of the distant coyotes is impressive, their howls echoing across the landscape.The owls are quite a bit closer, with less echo.
What does everyone think? Is this a restful soundscape? Is it easy on the ears? I’m relying on you to tell me what sounds good and what doesn’t. If you don’t like the insects, tell me which ones annoy you, so that I can lower their volume to improve the listening experience.