Greifswalder Oie III

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May 2009
In early Spring I was on the isle Greifswalder Oie for the third time. It was quite a
different situation as in Autumn. Only a few birds were migrating, what gave me
enough time for single individuals, studying their fragmentary, incomplete songs
“on the road”.

Earlier the year the Club 300 Germany started a campaign to investigate Common
Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita calls in order to find out if a population with different
social calls occurs in Germany. I thought an island could be a good place to find
some of these odd calling birds people have recognised since a few years.

In addition I wanted to make proper sound recordings of warbler Sub- and Plastic
Songs
(made by second calendar year birds).

PFR02651, 090511, Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita, calls, plastic song

PFR03307, 090510, Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia currucca, plastic song

Another mission during my stay was to make sound recordings for an event I had
planned to realise in October 2009 together with two fellow composers on the
topic system-change. For that event I needed sound recordings from particular
sites on the Greifwalder Oie with a military history.

PFR04304, 090512, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica, song – breeding colony inside a former military bunker

PFR02116, 090512, Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia, song – singing in a former testing ground for V2 rockets