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All through last spring here in Crete I kept hearing this very distinctive song without ever managing to see which bird was singing. My guess is some kind of warbler, but searches on the net have not come up with any matches.
I managed to record it on this video:
Apologies for the video jumping around - I was guiding a walk at the time, and surreptitiously filming as I walked!
The bird was almost always near a river, usually with plenty of tree cover, as you can see in the video, which was taken in the Mili Gorge, near Rethymno, Crete.
On the same occasions (though also in the late summer/early autumn) I also repeatedly heard an alarm call which I have been unable to record, but which I would describe as "chika chika chika". Could this be the alarm call of this same bird? It seemed to have similar vocal quality.
Any help would be gratefully appreciated.