In U.K. this autumn
Not like it’s really rare or anything, but I enjoyed it! Having been inspired (yet again) by a long conversation with Magnus R. at the Birdfair I gave myself a week to improve my sound recording (= do more). Opened my nocturnal effort with Tree Pipit over my (almost) city centre home in early hours of 20th August. Onwards then!
4:30 am on 23rd August and rain at Rod Moor. So breaking dawn I headed to Strines where I could hear distant Crossbills (most likely ’Glip’) amoung dawn chorus. This site got me an adult male Two-barred Crossbill over 10 years ago at this time of year. Mustn’t forget to look again.
Rain stopped, back to Rod Moor. Soon the odd Tree Pipit could be heard. Then c 7:00 am I thought I heard a Lapland Bunting. Normally I would have just dismissed it, too brief, very early. A ‘maybe’ but not secured. However I was recording and knew I could check once back home. Feeling somewhat incredulous it did sound just like a Lapland Bunting in my headphones and the sonagram was bang-on. Double checked with friends who all agreed.
Listen here for yourself: Lapland Bunting
and see sonagram of what you are listening to:
I also scored at least 6 Tree Pipits flying over.
Here’s what I am up to (queue cheesy video):
More examples of recording action.
Normal migrating Tree Pipit. Listen here:
Sonagram of what you are listening to:
Here’s a recording of Meadow Pipits and a sneaky Tree Pipit which just calls once
Sonagram of what you are listening to. Can you ‘see’ the Tree Pipit call? :
And a presumed local bird A Robin singing normally nearly all the time but on one occasion broke into a ‘Willow Warbler imitation’.
have a listen: here
sonagram of what you are listening to:
Singing European Robin, with ‘Willow Warbler imitation’, followed by normal song.