My favorite sound in the whole world is the haunting cry of the loon. The eerie tremelo and the warbling yodel remind me of summer nights spent at my parents' cottage on a Maine lake, lying in bed and listening for the loons' mournful calls to echo across the water. The sound still brings a smile to my face. Check out the haunting cry of a loon below.
Beginning around April 1 each year, the evening air is filled with THE sound of spring in Maine--Peepers.
Whether you're in Maine or "away," you can listen to the sweet sound, which has been described as "often mixed with other more grunty and throaty frog and toad notes, but unmistakable in its purposeful single note or lyrical rising trill."
When I lived away from Maine, the sound I missed most was the soothing sound of the tide surging and receding, surging and receding. Then I discovered the Southern Maine Web site at communitynetwork.com. I left the browser window open in the background and opened a new window while I worked online, and I could almost imagine the cool ocean breezes and rhythmic surf as I sat in my air conditioned office in the sweltering humidity of Maryland. Although the communitynetwork.com Web site is no longer online, this YouTube video of the ocean surf at Jasper Beach in Machiasport, Maine, offers the same effect:
The moose is an ungainly creature much sought after by tourists and Maine natives alike. Moose safaris (read about mine), led by experienced Maine guides, have become very popular in Maine, and sightings are very likely. However, it's not as likely that you'll ever hear the indescribable sound of a moose's call, so I've scoured the Internet to find a moose sound file for you:
Buoy Bells Buoy bells mark the channels for boats to navigate safely. The sound of metal clanging against metal is a common sound in Maine:
(Follow the link, click a photo to select a buoy bell, then click the green play button to listen to the buoy bell's chime.)