Flight Calls, An Aid to Migration Watching
Flight Calls, An Aid To Migration Watching
A short rippling "prrip" or "cherrip"
an obvious repeated at intervals "weel - a - woo".... as the bird flies across the sky.... heard in various forms.
Dry unmusical rasping "chrrt chrrt chirrrr"
A repeated short "fit fit" or "slif-it" OR "SWIT-SWIT"
Short dry scratchy "prrit-prri-tit"
A loud buzzy "tzees" OR "TZEEEZ"
A thin "tseep tseep tsip"
Less sharp than Grey Wag "ziti", "zilipp", or "zittip" at rate of one call
Note: Pied and White Wagtails are not reliably separated on call? So best lumped together as "alba wagtails"
A hard "chissick"
A single "tchi" or "tisik" OR "TIT" OR "TITTIT" much sharper than
Loud, full rising "tsweep"
Shrill, vibrant "shrrreee"
Have seen this described as "shrill" elsewhere but shrill to me implies something perhaps piercing or unpleasant yet it is such as soft and delightfully warm sound. Others have described it as a high-pitched tremolo. "shrrreee" perhaps also implies change of tone - louder at the end - but in reality the end is normally a gentle fade-out, perhaps "sriiiiiiii" or "s-r-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i"?
A sharp strong "teee", Flight call on migration a ringing, shivering, very thin "tehehehe"
Nazal "whee-ee" and loud throaty "chack ack ack" OFTEN COMBINES TO FORM THE PHRASE "WEET TSACK TSACK"
A loud "tuk" OR "TCHACK". Also: Flight call, just like a high ringing fieldfare (as we both equated it to) and repeated several times loud and far carrying.... A cross between an hysterical Green Woodpecker and Fieldfare
A distinctive THIN penetrating "seeei", OFTEN HEARD AFTER DARK ON MISTY EVENINGS
A soft vibrant shrill "srreeee"
A soft sharp "sip"
Rasping football rattle "trr-trr-trrrrr-zrrr"
Explosive "tswik" OR TJIT
A full DOWNWARD slurred "seoo", a very thin high "see"
A hard dull "tiki dik dik" often followed by a sweet whistled "teuu"
A single full "teuw" and sometimes a soft rippling "tiriririririririrp"
A single simple soft "chup"
Harder than Chaffinch in flight "tep" [RESEMBLING A DISTANT JACKDAW] and a FAR-CARRYING nasal twangy "zwaink" OR "DZWEEEK"
Similar IN TONE to Chaffinch "jup" BUT ALWAYS UTTERED IN A FAST MACHINE GUN TWITTER
Bright pure ringing whistles "tsy-zee" or "tiu"
Subject: Redwing fellow travellers
Keep an eye out for Hawfinch - I think we might miss em cos their flight call 'seep' is so thrush-like! Again, this year they've turned up with Redwings. Specifically looked out for this at Spurn and saw one drop out of sky with a Redwing flock.
Liquid lilting slurred "swit wit wit" mixed into trilling song.
A single piping whistle "pooow"
A nasal twangy "twaai-it" OR "ZHWEEET"
A light twittering chatter "tich-ich-ich twit up up"
Metallic rhythmic stuttering "chuchuchuchuchuch" INTERSPERSED WITH ZHWEEE NOTES - "CHUCH UCH UCH, ZHWEEE"
A loud far carrying "jip jip jip"
Dave (C) 2007 Dave Barker