Nightjar. 2019

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Re: Nightjar. 2019

Post by Marbzy » August 5th, 2019, 11:24 pm

Now, then. It's an unusually quiet evening out there :puzzled:

If you're looking for peculiar images, go back to ca. 19:28:30 to see a reflection of the camera lens in the camera lens itself (unfortunately, I don't store my photos anywhere public (yet), sorry).

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Post by Fleur » August 6th, 2019, 7:28 am

19:28:30 :thumbs:
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Post by Marbzy » August 6th, 2019, 1:07 pm

Thank you, Fleur, for the image :thumbs:

6 August

After a quiet evening came a fairly quiet morning, with just a few noises from (presumably) our nightjars - and even these sounds can mostly be heard only with the volume set to near maximum:
03:51:26 whistling (till 03:51:54)
03:54:02 whistling (till 03:54:15)
03:56:22 churring (vibrations can be detected rather than actual churring)
03:57:04 a whistle (?)
03:57:19 whistling (till 03:57:47)
03:58:44 a whistle
03:58:55 a whistle
04:17:30 a whistle
04:30:25 three whistles
04:37:06 churring (till 04:38:05, with pauses)
And then, all of sudden, at 04:51:01 comes a surprise late whistle.

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Post by Fleur » August 6th, 2019, 9:11 pm

21:09 Cranes call far in the distance

22:07 Call and singing Nightjar
22:09 calling 2x , closer to the mic

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Post by Marbzy » August 7th, 2019, 3:05 pm

7 August

The starting time for this report is 03:25:00:

03:25:10 whistling
03:25:40 even clearer whistling, accompanied by some churring
03:26:20 lots of whistling (at least two birds) with a bit of churring
03:27:07 more of the same, but with no churring
03:27:46 very clear whistling, followed by some churring and more whistling till 03:28:15
03:30:46 lots of whistling - from 03:31:00 it's hard to keep a count on the number of birds whistling (two seems the absolute minimum, three or four more likely); this continues for more than two minutes, with a bit of churring (first around 03:32:40, then around 03:33:15, then again at 03:33:40, and 03:33:55) and plenty of whistling mainly in between churrs; around 03:34:30 intensity drops, though churring (vibrations) are detectable throughout 03:35
03:36:20 clear whistling with some churring still in the background
03:37:43 a series of whistles
03:41:18 two whistles and a churr
03:49:51 a series of whistles (there is a drop in intensity after 03:50:00), fades completely after 03:50:10
03:56:30 a single whistle
03:58:10 a single whistle
03:59:30 three whistles
04:00:00 the screen goes black
04:00:18 two whistles
04:00:50 three whistles
04:01:14 six whistles, progressively closer
04:01:30 three whistles, very close to the mic
04:01:42 four-five whistles, progressively further
04:07:00 a single whistle
04:07:20 several whistling calls far away from the mic (this series continues into 04:08)
04:08:47 three whistles (and possible churring in the background)
04:09:05 a longer series of whistles from a distant source
04:10:24 a single whistle
04:17:20 a little whistling
04:18:45 a series of clear whistles
04:19:10 whistling in the foreground, churring in the background
04:20:15 a few whistles
04:21:53 a couple of whistles
04:24:54 a series of three or four whistles

The nightjars have probably not made their final call for the night yet, but 04:25:00 (light barely breaking through) is the cut-off point for my report. Gotta run.

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Post by sigge » August 7th, 2019, 5:28 pm

:wave: Marzby

Me started watching later.
04:34- calling
04:41- distant playing
04:44 Robins start calling
04:46- calling for a few minutes
05:00 full daylight and a wagtail fly by

It's just amazing to hear nightjars spinning in August, never thought of that :rolleyes:
(yeah, I live on about the same latitude on the other side of the lake)

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Post by sigge » August 7th, 2019, 8:01 pm

19:53- A Willow Tit family with funny sounds :D
20:05 Greater Spotted Woodpecker in view and young Willow Warbler trying to sing
20:10 Spotted Nutcracker calling :D and Mistle Thrush
20:37 Goldcrest singing
+ many others :mrgreen:
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Post by Marbzy » August 7th, 2019, 10:36 pm

:hi: sigge. Thanks heaps :thumbs:

It's a shame the best part of the woodpecker's visit has not been stored in the archive - unfortunately, there's a gap there from (roughly) 20:02:30 till 20:55:00. The star woodpecker was around for quite a bit, from 20:01:40 till 20:07:40 (the little guy darts of view like crazy), in case anyone has access to a recording of the WP's cameo and is willing to upload it :rolleyes:

Are we getting the silent treatment from the nightjars tonight? Or is there something going on a little further afield? Yup, there's a few whistles at around 22:12:20.

Two calls very close to the microphone at 22:21:04. The next three at 22:21:13 already from a much greater distance. It's kind of statistically irritating :rant: how these birdies have managed to stay out of cam view for a few weeks now.

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Post by Fleur » August 8th, 2019, 8:42 am

August 8
Good morning :hi:

Here is the Greater Spotted Woodpecker from last night. Thanks to sigge and Marbzy :2thumbsup:
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Post by Fleur » August 8th, 2019, 8:43 am

8:43 Cranes call

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Post by Fleur » August 8th, 2019, 9:25 am

:wave:
9:23
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Apparently they have looked around. At 9:32 it can be heard that the car starts again out of view and drives on.

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Post by Marbzy » August 8th, 2019, 1:35 pm

:hi:
Thanks, Fleur. Great work!

Just to confirm: a cam search was carried out between 08:09 and 08:21.

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Post by sigge » August 8th, 2019, 3:10 pm

Fleur wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 8:42 am
Here is the Greater Spotted Woodpecker from last night. Thanks to sigge and Marbzy :2thumbsup:
Wow, thank you Fleur :thumbs:
It's a young woodpecker with red on the head and fooling around not knowing what to look for..

In your video there is also a Hazel Grouse family in the background with wing sounds, one could be seen flying to the right at 20:05:47 or 1:11 in the video :D
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Nightjars playing this morning too:
03:52- sporadic calling by two birds
04:50 playing
04:53 playing and wing claps
-05:01 playing, (yes they passed the 5 am barrier 8-))
05:05 jets start playing around and a Spotted Nutcracker loudly complains -05:20
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Post by Marbzy » August 8th, 2019, 3:48 pm

:hi: sigge!

Here's my (not so) regular noise report for the period 03:36-05:10 (highlights in bold, as usual):

03:36:02 two whistles
03:36:15 three whistles
03:36:26 a longer series of whistles (churring - on and off - in the background, till 03:36:56) - the whistles are very clear, the churring faint
03:37:04 more whistling till 03:37:20
03:40:11 a few whistles and a brief churr (faint)
03:42:22 two clear whistles and a "grumble"
03:42:32 two more whistles
03:42:43 whistling from two sources for some 15"
03:43:16 a loud "angry" whistle followed by some faint whistles, a churr, then more faint whistles; a dog joins in, barking, at around 03:44:00, whistling (mostly faint) continues to be heard well into 03:44
03:45:16 a whistle
03:45:22 a whistle
03:45:29 two whistles
03:46:21 a whistle and a churr, more churring follows
03:47:18 a churr and a couple of whistles
03:52:30 three faint whistles
03:52:50 three faint whistles
03:53:04 a whistle
03:55:31 three whistles
03:55:42-03:56:03 two nightjars whistling, one in a much lower croak-like tone, the other in a higher clear tone
03:56:20 a faint churr
04:00:00 darkness fills the screen
04:08:15 two whistles
04:20:18 a single whistle
04:26:51 three low-tone whistles
04:27:15 faint whistling
04:32:24 four loud whistles
04:41:39 four whistles
04:42:05-04:42:16 a series of loud whistles
04:43:06 a whistle
04:43:12 one loud whistle soon followed by four more
04:45:35 two faint whistles
04:45:53 two faint whistles
04:46:13-04:46:36 another series of whistles
04:47:23 a whistle (?)
04:48:12 a series of whistles
04:48:32-04:48:55 another series
04:49:15 two more whistles
04:49:24 two more whistles
04:49:36 two more whistles and a churr
04:49:47 two more whistles
04:49:54 a series of whistles begins, a few seconds later another nightjar joins in with churring (the other keeps whistling) - this goes on for more than a minute until a bit of good old wing clapping is heard at 04:51:06
04:51:11 two nightjars whistling, one of them persists, the other seems to turn to churring



04:52:24 more whistling from two nightjars (another one possibly churring in the background)
04:53:00 churring, 04:53:08 louder churring, with whistling in the background, probably from two birds (see 04:53:25)
simultaneous churring and whistling continue till 04:54:45
04:55:12 four whistles
04:55:41 four whistles
04:56:14 two whistles
04:56:36 three whistles
04:56:49 six whistles
04:57:27 five whistles
04:58:14 one whistle
04:58:30 three whistles, then more whistling and a churr (two birds making noises)
04:59:19 five loud whistles
04:59:40 a faint whistle, then two more (?)
05:00:14 a suspicion of a churr
05:00:27 a strong suspicion of a churr
05:00:42 a churr, definitely
05:01:52 a churr, as clear as day
05:02:40 a whistle
05:08:52 oh, dear: that sounded like a car alarm going off (no nightjars involved, of course)

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Post by Fleur » August 8th, 2019, 4:35 pm

:hi:
at 5:08 it's a call from a bird. I don't know what it is

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Post by Fleur » August 8th, 2019, 4:44 pm

8:08 zooming



16:42 zooming

strange,...no sound :puzzled: sorry.

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Post by sigge » August 8th, 2019, 4:59 pm

Fleur wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 4:35 pm
:hi:
at 5:08 it's a call from a bird. I don't know what it is
Heh, it's a Spotted Nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes) complaining on the air traffic noise.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_nutcracker

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Post by Fleur » August 8th, 2019, 5:04 pm

wow, nice Bird.
Thanks sigge :thumbs:

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Post by Marbzy » August 8th, 2019, 5:14 pm

sigge wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Heh, it's a Spotted Nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes) complaining on the air traffic noise.
Wow, sigge! Impressive! You continue to bewilder me with your expertise in birdcall recognition! :2thumbsup:
That call did sound as though it'd been made by a corvid, but I admit to a total ignorance of the species you've named. Until this afternoon, that is.

Thanks :thumbs:

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Post by sigge » August 8th, 2019, 7:10 pm

Oh, I'm certainly not an expert on bird calls.
I'm interested in Spotted Nutcracker since they are having a hard time to cope with common forestry policies
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