Nocturnal flight calls of Great Spotted Cuckoo

The first time I heard nocturnal flight calls of a Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius was quite unforgettable. It was 24 May 2001, and I was at Durnalık, near Gaziantep in southern Turkey. I had been recording White-throated Robins Irania gutturalis until nightfall, and was preparing for a night in ‘Hotel Volkswagen’ when I heard a series of strange wails. They were quite … Continued

Things that go plik in the night

Nocturnal autumn migration of Ortolan Bunting in the UK and southern Portugal. Part 2: Nocturnal migration of Ortolans in Dorset and southern Portugal. Describing our nocturnal listening stations in Dorset and Portugal, how we record and analyse, and what we have learned about Ortolans .… Continued

Things that go plik in the night

Nocturnal autumn migration of Ortolan Bunting in the UK and southern Portugal. Part 1: Ortolans night and day – identifying them by call. Introducing eight Ortolan call-types and including sounds of potential confusion species.… Continued

Flight calls of migratory birds

Back in 2003, The Sound Approach created a CD and booklet titled Out of the blue, for the subscribers of the Dutch Birding journal to mark the 25th anniversary of the Dutch Birding Association ( It was meant as a solid starter CD for those birders who try to identify all migratory bird calls, eg, at … Continued

Calls of Yellow Wagtail BBRC article

  Siberian Wagtail Motacilla tchutchensis, Ikh Nart, East Gobi Province, Mongolia, 17 May 2008 (René Pop) This page was produced to host the recordings supplied by The Sound Approach team for the BBRC paper on vagrant Yellow Wagtails, which appears in the July 2016 issue of British Birds. To find out more CLICK HERE Text and sounds below … Continued

Baillon’s Crake and Olive-backed Pipit BBRC Article

Baillon’s Crake Porzana pusilla   Unlike the UK, where until recently most records concerned vagrants, the Netherlands host a small but highly variable number of Bailllon’s Crakes each year, with a handful of sites being fairly reliable. With one, formerly two Sound Approach recordists living there, we have been in a good position to gain … Continued

Sound Approach Win The BTO Marsh Award for Innovative Ornithology

  BTO Press Release – 4th November 2015   The Sound Approach has been awarded the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Marsh Award for innovative Ornithology. The award has been presented to the team for their valuable contribution to ornithology. The Sound Approach are famous for their groundbreaking and innovative approach, using books with CDs, … Continued

Unravelling the mystery of the Omani Owl

  Discovered in 2013 by Magnus Robb and the Sound Approach and confirmed using sound analysis, Omani Owl has created a stir among both birders and biologists. That a bird around the size of a Barn Owl Tyto alba had evaded discovery was extraordinary. That it was described and named only using sound recordings and photographs … Continued

Magnus Interview For Talking Naturally – 04/06/15

After the Cheltenham Science Festival Magnus and host of the newly revived ‘Talking Naturally’ podcast, Charlie Moores found a quiet(ish) corner to discuss all things Sound Approach. Listen to the interview here…….

Magnus Takes On Cheltenham – 04/06/15

In April 2015 we launched our fifth title Undiscovered owls, a Sound Approach guide to the owls of the Western Palearctic. The book had already caused quite a stir with the discovery and re-discovery of several new owls as well as introducing the concept of splitting some well-known and familiar owl species. During the launch … Continued