Tag: curlew

40mph

For several days around the 8th/9th of September we had continuous 40mph winds. The wind is a constant feature on the Hebrides and it causes everything to sing. This is a composition made from recordings of manmade and organic materials singing in the wind. Recordings were made at RSPB Balranald, Balranald Cottage, Trinity Temple at ...

20/03/20. Cors Caron nature reserve, Ceredigion

Cors Caron: A nature reserve comprising a large raised bog near Tregaron.  Spectacular setting,  and I had it all to myself on the spring equinox this year.  I left home at 3:30am and got there by 5:15 or so; then walked into the reserve to make this recording.  I started recording at about 5:45 (sunrise ...

26/10/19. Waders on the shore at Silverdale, Lancashire, as the tide comes in and the rain comes down.

The tide came in at about 9:30pm or so that evening.  it was raining.  About an hour before high tide there are hundreds of waders feeding on the sandbanks in Morecambe Bay.  The tide gradually pushes them off, and they often leave in large groups, sometimes coming further inland; sometimes going back out to the ...

27/02/19. Geltsdale by Tindale Tarn.

Sitting in the hide at Tindale Tarn around 6:30am.   Lots of interesting sounds.  Here are three short clips. Wind in reeds; a warbler – I’m not sure which one; goldeneye; crow Curlew; warbler, crow; pheasant; goldeneye; lapwing; Grebes splashing/calling (later in the clip); frogs; woodpecker; curlew; woodpigeon; goldeneye I think my favourite (excluding the curlew) ...

27/02/19. RSPB Geltsdale. Curlews and lapwings and other dawn singers.

RSPB Geltsdale is one of my favourite places.  Sitting in the Pennines just east of Carlisle it is a wonderful spot for curlew, lapwing, black grouse and many other birds. This recording was made before sunrise on the meadow in front of the RSPB centre.   Unfortunately it was quite windy, but the glorious sound ...

28/03/18. Extraordinary sounds at Geltsdale this morning.

This morning I went early to Geltsdale, near Brampton (near Carlisle) to track down some Curlew.  I’ve made the trip several times in the past few weeks, but the weather has been poor and my timing hasn’t been right.   I reached the meadow by Tindale Tarn and recorded between 5:45am and about 6:30am. What ...

17/7/17. Dawn chorus at Sunbiggin Tarn, Howgill Fells, Cumbria

Track 1. Sunbiggin Tarn, Howgill Fells, Cumbria. 17/7/17. 4:30:5:10am Near Orton, south of Penrith off the M6 (junction 38). Into the moors you come to Sunbiggin Tarn. A largish tarn with many birds; apparently more in winter, but today had its own special interest: there were hundreds of swallows ascending, dancing in the sky, descending; ...

6/4/17. Late afternoon on the old stone bridge near the Farm. Skomer.

Thursday 6th April, late afternoon and early evening; I spent the morning just walking around the island. Mid afternoon I decided to try to record some of the island’s sounds. It’s windy, so I sought out some shelter to improve my chance of recording without wind noise. I went back to the hollow through which ...

17/2/17 Leighton Moss

Leighton Moss is a nature reserve near Lancaster with a very large complex of reedbeds.  This was just a short visit, and there weren’t many birds to hear – but I got a little here.   Some very harsh sounding pheasants nearby, and some interesting birds in the distance.   People and traffic noise – ...