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
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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.
> > http://snd.sc/Nab6ga
> > 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