Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Corncrake singing below the Obs has now stopped. But the amazing sounds are still fresh in our memories and still they sound very different to the singing Corncrakes we are used to. Steve Westerberg and Tina Wiffen also heard the bird and were puzzled by the sounds. Below is a recording of the song made by Tina.

So why does this bird sound so unlike a singing male? Well it seems that it's because it's a female! See for three recordings of singing females! Apparently Corncrake females will sing to advertise for a male if they have not paired. Recordings of female song are quite rare. (c) Tina Wiffen

Our summer wader-fest holiday continued just down the road at Nosterfield LNR with cracking views of this juvenile Wood Sandpiper. At one point it was in the same scope view as a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper and a Greenshank. Elsewhere Little Ringed Plovers and a Common Crane were additions to our year list (they don't turn up on Bardsey too often). Wood Sands breed way up north in boggy taiga, usually on the ground but sometimes up in trees (a habit more typical of Green Sandpipers which use old thrush nests in trees!). (c) Richard Brown  

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