Werner Sykora is: The Beaver Man

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June 2010 In may I met Werner Sykora a local ornithologist and Beaver conservationist. I was quite surprised when he told me that he builds his own sound recording equipment and made countless sound recordings of Eurasian Beavers during the last years – mainly inside of the beaver lodges! He was so kind to sent […]

Hissing and clicking

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July 2009 What do you think you hear in this recording? A clockwork? A model railroad? Or maybe a snake? 090713, Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla, juveniles, near Leipzig, Germany Yesterday I ringed some juvenile Wrynecks Jynx torquilla. What you can hear is their defense call. For me it was quite an impressive experience to see […]


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August 2008 Earlier the year Haldensleben (central Germany) based ornithologist Reinhold Brennecke called me to report a local Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra with an aberrant song. The bird would have two different kinds of song – one similar to the Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella and in addition a mixed song containing Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting elements. […]

Atypical sylvia warbler songs I

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July 2008 Last year a Leipzig based birder pointed me at two warblers with atypical songs. So we went out to make some sound recordings for documentation purposes. We identified them phenotypically as Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla and Garden Warbler Sylvia borin. 070624, Eurasian Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla, atypical song, Torgau, Germany 070624, Garden Warbler Sylvia borin, […]