Bird song recording in Hough End Clough

Steve Atkins (rom the GM Local Record Centre), Debbie and I were the crazy people in Hough End Clough choosing to spend our bank holiday recording bird song at 5am.

testing the equipmentSteve and Debbie were slightly more sensible in that they had actually been to bed for a few hours. Whereas I had been out clubbing till 3.30am and was still a little tipsy when I met up with them an hour later!

The wrens were in full voice, drowning out most of the other birds. It’s incredible how loud they are for such tiny creatures.

Steve wanted to test out new equipment, and we found out we really do need proper external mics and parabolic reflectors to get the best quality recordings.

Birds heard and/or sighted: wren, chiffchaff, blackcap, robin, song thrush (also very loud), blackbird, wood pigeon, stock pigeon, crow, magpie, heron, mallard, blue tit, kingfisher, mistle thrush, whitethroat, pied wagtail, rose-ringed parakeet.

 

 

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One Response to Bird song recording in Hough End Clough

  1. Julie Boyd says:

    Hi
    I am just wondering if there is anyone in the Whalley Range/Chorlton area or Manchester in general who has knowledge or/and experience of wildlife first aid?
    Myself and a neighbour found an abandoned baby bird (looked like a blue/green tit) which we think fell from a nest in the tree by where it was found on Monday. We waited for a while to see if the parent bird would come for it but as dusk arrived and there was a cat who had spotted it, we decided that the best course of action would be to take it inside. We spent many hours trying to find contact numbers of people who could assist. A friend of mine eventually called me back with some numbers of people including Green Mount Bird Hospital and 24 hr. Pet Medics which are based quite a distance from where we were in Whalley Range. Unfortunately, the baby bird passed away by this time – probably due to shock and lack of regular nourishment.
    It would be really useful if we could have contact details of anyone living more locally who could assist in a similar situation concerning abandoned or injured birds and wildlife in general in the future.
    Many thanks
    Julie

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