Monday, April 09, 2012

Listening Stations - Mid April Update

Again a wet morning and easter as well..... so time to catch up again. Big strides forward in all respects at both the Wharfedale and Airedale stations with monitoring now in full swing during suitable conditions through all hours of darkness.... More skeins of Whoopers captured during the main passage period and over both stations as well.... in fact taking account of current, obviously minimalistic, literature, more that we might ever have hoped for over here on the east flank of the Pennines where they never venture! As expected and mooted in my last report thrushes have started, and are "well" moving now with both Redwing and then Fieldfare captured, Redwings many times, Blackbird, with Fieldfare present up there but infrequent in calling.... although been out checking a couple of local staging areas this morning for Fieldfare and at one of these sites, a massive congregation of several thousand birds was still present... so lots more infrequent FF chances yet I think and Redwings for a little while. Waders up there as well with a few migratory curlew calls still being captured, together with what is possibly now the onset of the later Oystercatcher flush. LRP captured briefly at one site some while ago on one night suggested passage. Golden Plovers in evidence for some while now contacting in the sky on optimum nights, with the fantastic and beautiful both on sonogram and to the ear, rippling song call recorded in absolute clarity directly overhead on one occasion as a flock moved through.... The deeply silent traffic free small hours are best tho and a wonder to delve into on placid, favourable nights, with more next time on this. Other nocturnal passerines captured but some difficulty here yet.... we will get there in the end!! Interesting also that during the now very early dawn chorus performance, obvious vis can be detected in the gaps as it passes overhead...... so daytime stuff not forgotten altogether!!



Blogger AndyC said...

Great stuff dave, I hope your going to put it all on a CD (if poss)so we can all have a listen .Are you going to run it during the day at TM in the autumn,
that should get some good flight calls,Laps etc would be great.

April 09, 2012 5:11 pm  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

Cheers Andy, looking at some stage to upgrade my blog so sound files can be uploaded.... basic available will not support this and not just time to sort it at the moment, but it will come in due course. Thought about running one at the watchpoint but our team are are all such a wonderful, happily reactive, noisy bunch, especially when encountering good sky birds that the sensitive recording equipment would soon explode with the pressure of joyful banter... those on the team listening from 1/2 a mile away, or perhaps even soil, will know what I mean!! anyway you will no doubt be aware of my other suggestions re this, so we are working on it....

April 09, 2012 8:39 pm  
Blogger AndyC said...

Dave do you ever get Moorhens moving at night,I had a bird two nights ago that sounded like one.??

April 13, 2012 9:24 pm  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

Yes Andy, we have both had certain contacts which seem to match recognised flight call. Me miles away from water but Lester much nearer. Most tending towards early spring. Whether E/N Europe pop, or ours just relocating for spring, who knows. Much scope for confusion with Tawny Owls we find tho in some cases and we have a folder full of uncertainties here, most probably the much more likely owls, which neeed checking out when more time just to ensure they arnt other similarities....

April 13, 2012 9:48 pm  

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