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Identification help

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FinM
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Identification help

Post by FinM » 23 Jan 2013, 10:06

I have a question for Forum members about a bird I heard calling while on a visit to Lewis last summer. I’m not great with bird calls and so my description probably is not very helpful but I thought it would be worth asking anyway. I didn’t see the bird but I was in fairly close range to it i.e. within 50m.

The location was near Tolsta Chaolais on 11th July. The bird seemed to be calling agitatedly from the edge of a moorland loch. It gave a fairly rapid succession of tew or chep sounding calls (I recall it was like a tiny toy machine gun if there were such a thing) interspersed with a jarring trill or rattling. I immediately thought it sounds like a wader but that’s as good as my identification gets and I could be way off the mark. It certainly wasn’t a call I’m knowingly familiar with.

Any thoughts on what it could be would be great. It may be a long shot though given my description.

Of other interest was a Short-eared Owl in the Carloway area on the 12th and a few Goldfinches, including a juvenile. Sadly I didn’t see any Stonechats or Whinchats in their usual locations while the rise of Greenfinches continues.

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Re: Identification help

Post by Gwen » 23 Jan 2013, 10:54

I'm wondering if it could be a dunlin. Was it anything like this recording?

http://www.xeno-canto.org/57865

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Re: Identification help

Post by FinM » 28 Jan 2013, 23:09

Hello Gwen
Many thanks for your help with the identification. I think it may have been a Dunlin having listened to the recording and several others on the xeno-canto website. Can their call/song follow a fairly structured sequence of rapid thrrrreeep calls followed by a harsh trill?

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