Drummers and Drillers is a perfect piece for relaxation. The amusing antics of Hairy Woodpeckers and Ruffed Grouse are featured as they perform their spring sound effects. In the pre-dawn morning light, deep in the woods, the forest echoes and reverberates with the sound of percussion from all directions and distances.
In spring, the woodpeckers' tempo is more syncopated and open. The drill has a looser, more individualistic feel than the tight regimented drill one hears in late winter. The woodpeckers featured in Drummers and Drillers are Hairy Woodpeckers. A few times during the recording, immediately after a nearby drill, you can hear two woodpeckers discuss tree ownership. As they work out territories with each other, they talk in chatters, and occasionally use wheer! wheer! a falling call or wick wick a rising call. Their usual call is a sharp high Peek! Peek! which is steady on a single note.
Meanwhile, the ruffed grouse use moss-covered logs to stand on and drum with their wings. The log serves to amplify the sound of their wings. The sound, which is reminiscent of someone trying to start a motor, starts off slow and builds up in speed until it stops. In Drummers and Drillers, you can hear three softer lead-in beats that are not usually heard in the wild unless you get close to the grouse. The chicken-sized ruffed grouse has perfect camouflage which blends with the forest habitat. You do not see them unless they move.
Drummers and Drillers © does have some bird calls in the background. There are robins along with brief appearances by geese, crows, ducks, blue jays, and chickadees. There are a few spring breezes too.
Drummers and Drillers © features a fade-in at the beginning and a fade-out at the end, so there are no sudden changes in sound volume when played looped. The preview and song are encoded at 192 kps bit rate for better listening quality. Drummers and Drillers © is created from mixed and edited digital stereo recordings.