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Steeldrum

March 2011 Sometimes Woodpeckers use man-made objects to build caves in or produce sounds on it. In a local park I accidentally observed a male Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major drumming on a overhead line mast. 110320, Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major, male, adult photo credit: Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major © Mathias Putze | …

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Hissing and clicking

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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Wrong!

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. …

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Atypical sylvia warbler songs I

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, …

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