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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