Sing a song of sixpence

by on Jul.21, 2010, under Birds, Birdwatching, Northumberland, Sound recordings, Surveys

As I grow older I’m finding that, alongside the generalist birdwatching that we usually do with clients, my own birding interests are becoming increasingly specialised; seawatching (when I can find the time…) still excites me as much as the first time I sat on Flamborough Head, raptors have been an obsession since I was very young and, more recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time reading about moult strategies and studying bird songs and calls.  The Sound Approach books have all been incredibly inspirational and then, during the winter, I was on a survey trip for the Northeast Cetacean Project and Tim Sexton was mentioning how he’d added sound files to his blog posts.  As we both use the same model of mp3 recorder, and the whole process sounded easy, I thought I’d give it a go.  I’d got an external shotgun mic that was included when I last bought a camcorder, so I connected that up and started pointing it at anything that was singing.  I added the relevant plugins to the blog…couldn’t make it work.  Tim gave me some helpful advice…still couldn’t make it work.  Finally, I tried another way of adding sound files and here’s the first (of many…)

http://www.northernexperiencewildlifetours.co.uk/blog/audio/Blackbird.mp3

This Blackbird was singing from the top of the Apple tree in our garden during a heavy shower in late April and, when he stopped singing and listened to the other Blackbirds (which can be heard faintly in the background), he tilted his head, depending on which other bird he was listening to.  We even have a client who asked for a recording of a Blackbird for an arts project he’s involved in.  Who can blame him, it really is a beautiful song.

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