Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Taiga Flycatcher & Arctic Warbler

Just back from a superb sunny day on Fetlar & Yell with Gary Jenkins & Lee Mott - the Taiga Flycatcher offered great views, as did the Arctic Warbler.

Taiga Flycatcher calls. I hinted in an earlier draft that this individual gave some very interesting calls. That's still the case and the sonogram unequivocally proves this . The bird did give a very dry call (not reproduced here) which we have all learned to be of Taiga but also gave a slower call more akin to Red-breasted Flycatcher. It is worth comparing the sonogram of the Fetlar bird with the classic Taiga Flycatcher calls reproduced in the Sound Approach and note how the time between individual notes is much longer. Assuming we are dealing with a 100% Taiga here (and from plumage there is absolutely no disputing that whatsoever) then it is clear that Taiga Fly can give slower and shorter notes that are more Red-breasted Flycatcher-like than Taiga. The Fetlar bird was not particularly vocal until a recording was played and I make absolutely no excuses for using a recording on the day to induce call back, in order to secure what are clearly interesting recordings of a Taiga Flycatcher. As the Sound Approach chapter says, 'Playback and be damned'...











The upper portion of the sonogram below has been produced from a recording kindly sent by Dougie Preston. Compared to my recording that sits under his as a comparison, there are twice as many notes within the call but crucially, the gap between the notes is still relatively long.
















One for the VI: as seen in Bird Watching Magazine...















3 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

That's a nice picture of the Flycatcher. A good shot.

Matt Latham said...

Stunning Hugh

Hugh Harrop said...

Cheers guys. Subtle is the word I would use to describe this real chameleon of a bird which changed its guise enormously depending on the light.