I prefer to spend the winter time somewhere at the coast, where bird species accumulate
much more than they do in the mainland. Since I live in the mainland, it amounts to short
trips up north, favourably to the Darß peninsula.
It was a bit of a bad timing this year, and way too much tourists spend the christmas
time there too. Not the best conditions for sound recording then.
But knowing some less frequented places there, I was able to escape the noisy masses
at least during the early hours of the morning.
This year huge flocks of Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea taxa where present
everywhere, but I couldn’t find any of the desired Parrot Crossbills Loxia pytyopsittacus,
which have been reported a few days before my arrival.
Eurasian Siskin Spinus spinus, Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea ssp, Northern Raven Corvus c. corax
But just hiking and listening to the general soundscape was worth the trip, and as
a bonus I could show my partner her first Bohemian Waxwings Bombycilla garrullus,
a species which is always pleasure to look at.
My main goal recording-wise was to collect sounds for an upcoming album and, of course,
flight calls for our bird ID website Birds In Flight.
Eurasian Blue Tit Cyanistes c. caeruleus, social, excitement and flight calls