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The Beauty of The Sound Approach – Now Available

Last weekend some of you will have seen us at the British Bird Fair at Rutland Water, where we were launching a new product. The Beauty of The Sound Approach is a vinyl LP, with extras. Buyers also get a USB flashcard containing high resolution digital versions of the same tracks, plus a similar quantity … Continued

Common Scoters in strange places

Common Scoter is a duck which, outside the breeding season, is strongly associated with the sea. So imagine Magnus’s surprise to hear a flock migrating at night migrating over southern Portugal, more than 50 km from the sea, and not just once but twice. Based on what we know about their flight speed, they may … Continued

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 (www.dutchbirding.nl). It was meant as a solid starter CD for those birders who try to identify all migratory bird calls, eg, at … Continued