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Re: Another unknown call

Subject: Re: Another unknown call
From: "David Darrell-Lambert" daviddarrelllambert
Date: Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:25 am ((PDT))
Hi Geoff,

An interesting response but I will still go for Common Redshank, when they are 
breeding they also give this quieter version of their alarm.  I have been 
working on a site (without and reed beds or sedge) which has a gravel island on 
it with Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover and Common Redshank.  The Common 
Redshanks give this call before they start displaying or giving that strong 
alarm call.  I know the Water Rail call you are referring to, for my ears it 
sounds more like the call of a Great Spotted Woodpecker.  As I don't have a 
recording of Water Rails giving that call I will listen to Xento-Canto to 
compare. I have heard this call during winter at site where they don't breed.

I have to say when you know the habitat a bird is calling from, immediately 
your mind starts you thinking about specific species and narrowing it or IDing 
it straight away. With this recording I imagined myself in the North Hide with 
the bird calling in front of me. Out of interest before I end up eating humble 
pie which hide was it taken from? Island Mere and I am done for with no wafer 
habitat present.....

Yours with knife and fork in hand

David Darrell-Lambert
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On 19 Jun 2012, at 10:46, Geoff Sample <> wrote:

> Hi Phil
> It's water rail. I think this is considered to be male song. Females do it 
> with a trilled squeal:-)
> I can hear why it might be thought to be the chipping alarm call of redshank, 
> since in the recording there's not much low frequency content to the call. 
> But when redshanks do the chip call, it's usually more rapidly repeated.
> Water rail make all sorts of weird and wonderful sounds.
> Geoff Sample
> Wildsong Studio
> Northumberland, UK
> > 5a. Another unknown call.
> > Posted by: "macmang4125"  macmang4125
> > Date: Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:02 am ((PDT))
> > 
> > Hi
> > 
> > This is probably something very common but for the life of me I can't 
> > identify it.
> > 
> >
> > 
> > Location: Minsmere, East Anglia, England.
> > 
> > A quick and dirty recording, somewhat cleaned up, of the mystery caller. It 
> > was calling from the fringes of a small pool in a reed bed but was 
> > completely hidden, aren't they all :)
> > 
> > And help much appreciated.
> > 
> > Phil

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