Category: Soundscape Recordings

05/05/18. Sandscale Haws. Evening chorus and more Natterjacks.

I walked along Duddon Sands and listened to the geese and other birds.  The sun was setting; a train went by.   The first 11 minutes of this recording captures a little of this atmosphere.     The latter part of this introduction includes the beautiful sound of warblers in the grasses at the base ...

06/05/18. Sandscale Haws. Searching for Natterjack Toads.

I’ve known about Sandscale Haws for a while; I visited the first time last year, and my arrival was timed precisely for the most amazing rain and windstorm.  The new carpark was not yet complete; there was no-one about, and it was almost dark.  But, I walked into the rain through some short sand-dunes to ...

28/4/18. Whitewater Draw. Just after sunrise by the pond: orioles, thrashers.

Just after dawn I set up by the pond; facing east to the sunrise, over the pond.   I was on a berm that surrounds the pond and allows people to walk around and see and enjoy the birds both in the pond, and also outwards/westwards where the winter visitors, the cranes, come in vast ...

28/04/18. Bees in the acacia, crickets, orioles and more; dawn at Whitewater Draw, Arizona.

Sitting next to an acacia in full bloom; facing west towards a dried section of the Draw, close to the owl roost.   The air is full of the sound of bees, hard at work on the acacia with its full and heavy yellow flowers.   Through the acacia and other trees the crickets add ...

28/04/18. Cowbirds in Whitewater Draw, Arizona

I went to Whitewater Draw north of Bisbee today (28/4/18).  It’s a large reserve in the desert grasslands of southeast Arizona that serves as the nesting ground for thousands of cranes in winter time.   In springtime most of the water in the draw seems to recede, leaving behind just a large reed filled-pond neighbouring ...

18/04/18. Anahuac. Sunset at the Skillern Tract.

On the bridge at Skillern Tract, with groups of birds flying in for the evening. An early evening chorus of jumping fish, alligators, birds and bees; and the occasional clang of something mysterious against the metal bridge supports. I watched a beautiful green heron land into the reeds; a few alligators catching the last rays ...

19/04/18. Anahuac.

This recording was made at dawn at the first layby on the narrow road that goes around Shoveler Pond. Great-tailed grackle males were parading about on the road in small groups; showing off to the females, I expect.   Also searching for mates, the male alligators were making their own low, booming, groaning sounds.   ...