24
Apr
2015

Bittern Sound Spectrogram

.. this time including the sound spectrogram that shows a quick "warm up" before the first and before the last boom. Other reedbed birds singing are  Sedge and Reed Warblers.

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By John Willsher recorded 24th April 2015.
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23
Apr
2015

Booming Bittern at Castle Water

A mono recording this morning from the viewpoint by John Willsher. The deep boom is surrounded by many Reed Warblers. You might need your headphones or bass whoofer to hear it, it's low about 30 Hz

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23
Jan
2015

Winter Ducks at Castle Water

Today at the hide at Castle Water it was calm and grey making the sounds of the birds very clear. This recording starts with a loud Coot that was so close you can hear it diving. A background of Teal calling and the louder whistling of Wigeon. In the background the Cormorants are starting to display on their treetop nests with a deep gutteral call. Then the Wigeon get very excited as they try to impress a spare female.

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22
May
2012

Jackdaw chicks

Camber Castle is home to many pairs of  jackdaws and most nests have now hatched. These chicks are in a hole above the main entrance and sound quite old - they will soon be exploring Henry VIII's castle ruins.

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12
May
2012

Squeaky Birds

At Castle Water the background noise is a continuous squeaky sound. It is the begging calls of nestling cormorants demanding to be fed. They peck at the yellow patch around the bill until the adult lets them in... and the chicks head and neck goes right into the parents throat where their fishy meal is waiting. In this track there are two deeper sounds that are adults in the colony still nest building.

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10
May
2012

Castle Water hide

A good selection of species behind the constant background of squeaking of cormorant chicks and a foreground chiffchaff. The supporting cast in order of appearance is chaffinch, oystercatcher, cuckoo, shelduck, woodpigeon, blackcap, sedge warbler, jackdaw and lapwing.

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7
May
2012

Lesser Whitethroat

This is one of the last warblers to arrive and can now be heard singing from many patches of scrub. This track has two bursts of the dabadabadoo song.

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2
May
2012

Not much of a song

The black and white headed male reed buntings are now singing from their song posts on the top of brambles or reeds. It is a repetitive tuneless rattle rather than a song.

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1
May
2012

Nightingale

For the last three years nightingales have been singing from the willows at the pits near to Rye Harbour village. Recently there have been up to three, but this morning I could only hear one. At about 37 secs there is a loud burst of echoing cettis warbler and a cuckoo starts at 54 secs.

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30
Apr
2012

Willow and Cettis Warblers

The stormy weather calmed enough this morning to try recording some of the great range of bird song at the moment. The viewpoint at Castle Water offered a little shelter, so I sat and listened to a freshly arrived willow warbler singing repeatedly, while the loud burst of the resident Cettis warbler sounded out at 5 sec and again at 1 min 10sec. There is the background chatter of reed warblers and the occasional woodpigeon, herring gull and coot.

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