Sounds of Nature – Twite at Culkein Stoer

July 18th 2019

This post is a bit of an experiment by the Field Club with the aim of enabling us to add another dimension to your enjoyment of Assynt’s wildlife.

A chance encounter, at Bay of Culkein on 9th May 2019, with visitor Clive Davies from Stafford made this post, and hopefully others, possible.

Clive’s passion is recording the sounds of nature and this is a recording of Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) which he made in May 2019 at Culkein Stoer .  Clive made two other bird recordings during breaks in the wet and windy weather he encountered that week and we hope to post them in the coming weeks.

These recordings are not primarily designed as aids to identification although they will help in that regard. What we hope to do is create a collection of soundscapes that capture, not just bird songs and calls, but the wider nature of Assynt.

With this first recording Twite are the dominant bird sound but you could always have a go at identifying the other bird species present; a warning, there are also lambs involved!

For this recording Clive, who is a member of the Wildlife Sound Recording Society, used a 20 inch parabolic reflector with stereo mic set up to a tascam DR-100MK11 recorder.

David Haines

 

More “Sounds of Nature” posts   

Hydrophones under Bay of Culkein

Dunlin at Bay of Culkein

Swallows at Culkein Stoer

House Sparrows at Culkein Drumbeg

 

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