24
Apr
2012

Reed warbler

Despite the rough weather most of the warblers are in now and it is trickier to pick out the reedy ones. In this track the foreground bird is the reed warbler with repeated rhythm and a bit more tune than the earlier sedge. At about 23 seconds a background sedge starts and towards the end the overhead skylarks take over.

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14
Apr
2012

Whitethroat

These warblers have only been back a couple of days, but this male was already nest building this morning (even during this recording). The song of the whitethroat is quite similar to some sedge warblers (below) and is usually delivered from bramble.

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13
Apr
2012

Sedge warblers

Now is the time to learn sedge warbler song because lots have just arrived and there are very few reed warblers. Sedge are grating and erratic and usually sing from brambles, whereas reed is more tuneful and rhythmic and sing more from reedbeds.

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3
Apr
2012

Yodeling redshank

It is the start of their breeding season and displaying male redshank go through a series of calls before reaching the full yodelling in flight with quivering bowed wings. Starting with the "Tu-Tu" then building up to  "Tudululululu........." the yodeling!

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30
Mar
2012

Dotted bee-fly

These large furry flies look like bees (or perhaps hummingbirds) and hover around early spring flowers, inserting their long straight mouthparts to sip the nectar to fuel their high energy lifestyle.

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23
Mar
2012

Chiffchaff v great tit

In the Wood today there seemed to be a duel between a newly arrived chiffchaff (singing its name) and a resident great tit (singing "teacher - teacher").

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21
Mar
2012

Sandwich terns

Just Sandwich terns calling over the waves falling on the shingle beach.

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21
Mar
2012

The sound level increases

A big increase in Sandwich tern numbers today with about 500 at Ternery Pool bringing the sound level up with some raucous black-headed gulls in the foreground.

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13
Mar
2012

Skylarks and gulls ascending

Ternery Pool, 13th March 2012 This track starts with skylark singing, then there is the mewing cat-like call of Mediterranean gull with the louder crawing of black-headed gulls.

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