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Garden warbler

Observed: 23rd April 2011 By: miked
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sounds rather like blackcap which i recorded yesterday. in that recording i saw the actual bird making the sound and it was clearly a blackcap (for the stereo recordings i have to be within a few metres of the bird). with this garden warbler again i saw the bird, it looked like a 'typical' warbler although slightly grey. there was one blackcap hopped through but it was not the one making the noise. In addition I spoke to one of the wardens on site who said there was a garden warbler calling from exactly where I made the recording.
Blackcap recorded yesterday:

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Hi Mike
I’ve been thinking of having a go at recording bird song for some time. Mostly because I’m the worlds worst when it comes to identification by song (and the CDs never sound like what I hear in the field) so think having a go myself will be educational.

I’d be very interest to know what equipment you and/or other people use.



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OK, will suggest starting a

OK, will suggest starting a new forum for this kind of thing 'wildlife sound recording' like the one for 'photography', can't be sure it will be allowed. If they don't want whole new forum then could discuss it under one of the other forums(fora?), possibly birds.
without discussing it on forum then it might just get lost associated with this single observation.

Anyway for this recording I used a little hand held Tascam DR-100 which is not much larger than a hand. It has directional stereo mics, omnidirectional stereo mics and two XLR inputs for external microphones which it powers. It has a rechargable internal battery that can recharge via usb or 6v input. Sounds great but its really designed for recording music so expects loud input whereas for wildlife the sounds are often quiet and a long way away so you often have to turn the gain right up which increases the internal noise.
The wildlife recording soc website has loads on recorders, mics and techniques: