BRITISH BIRD RECORDINGS

MUTE SWAN

Cygnus olor

Caistron, Northumberland

Feb 2010

wing beats & ‘grunting’ call (5 secs)

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE

Anser brachyrhynchus            

Hemscotthill, Cresswell, Northumberland

January 2013

calls from flock  (15 secs)

EURASIAN WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Anser albifrons albifrons

Low Newton-by-the-Sea, Northumberland Dec 2011

large party arriving on flooded field (15 secs)

GREYLAG GOOSE

Anser anser

East Chevington, Northumberland

Nov 2011

flight calls  (10 secs)

CANADA GOOSE

Anser canadensis

Bolam Lake, Northumberland

Feb 2009

pair calling  (18 secs)

BARNACLE GOOSE

Branta leucopsis

Goswick, Northumberland

Oct 2011

small party overhead  (7 secs)

WIGEON

Anas penelope                        

Linton Pond NR, Northumberland

November 2012

calls  (11 secs)

POCHARD

Aythya ferina                        

Beehive Flash, Earsdon, Northumberland

May 2012

courting' calls  (10 secs)

EIDER

Somateria mollissima

Blyth Harbour, Northumberland

Dec 2011

courting' calls  (16 secs)

RED-LEGGED PARTRIDGE

Alectoris rufa                         

Eshott, Northumberland

April 2010

display' song/calls  (42 secs)

PHEASANT

Phasianus cochicus                   

Eshott, Northumberland

September 2011

calls  (19 secs)

OYSTERCATCHER

Haematopus ostralegus            

1. Acklington, Northumberland

Apr 2010

2. Cresswell Pond, Northumberland

May 2012

pair in display flight  (8 secs)


birds arriving at roost  (8 secs)

GREENSHANK

Tringa nebularia                     

Cresswell Pond, Northumberland

Aug 2010

calls  (10 secs)

Lapwings in background

KITTIWAKE

Rissa tridactyla                      

Cullernose Point, Northumberland

June 2012

calls at colony  (18 secs)

Fulmars 'chuckling' in background

BLACK-HEADED GULL

Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Whitley Bay, Northumberland

Nov 2011

calls  (20 secs)

HERRING GULL

Larus argentatus

Blyth Harbour, Northumberland

March 2013

flight calls  (13 secs)

SANDWICH TERN

Sterna sandvicensis      

East Chevington NR, Northumberland

July 2013

flight calls  (8 secs)

COMMON TERN

Sterna hirundo                       

East Chevington NR, Northumberland

May 2012

calls  (9 secs)

ROSEATE TERN

Sterna dougallii            

Stag Rocks, Bamburgh, Northumberland

September 2013

calls  (14 secs)

ARCTIC TERN

Sterna paradisaea                  

Long Nanny, Northumberland

June 2012

calls at colony  (12 secs)

GUILLEMOT

Uria aalge           

Farne Islands, Northumberland

June 2013

calls at colony  (22 secs)

RAZORBILL

Alca torda          

Farne Islands, Northumberland

June 2013

single bird on ledge  (14 secs)

WOODPIGEON

Colunba palumbus

St. Mary's Island

Aug 2010

cooing'  (18 secs)

CUCKOO

Cuculus canorus

Beacon Hill, Northumberland

May 2009

calls  (30 secs)

LONG-EARED OWL

Asio otus                                

SE Northumberland

Apr 2012

female calling  (11 secs)

BEE-EATER

Merops apiaster                    

Sunderland, Co. Durham

November 2012

calls  (9 secs)

GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER

Dendrocopos major

Gosforth Park, Northumberland

March 2009

two birds 'drumming' close together  (1 min)

CHOUGH

Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax    

Islay, Argyll, Scotland

March 2010

calls  (10 secs)

MAGPIE

Pica pica

Backworth, Northumberland

Dec 2010

calls  (14 secs)

JAY

Garrulus glandarius

Gosforth Park NR, Northumberland

April 2009

calls  (7 secs)

JACKDAW

Corvus monedula   

Thorneyburn, Northumberland

Dec  2009

calls  (6 secs)

ROOK

Corvus frugilegus    

Elford, Northumberland

Dec  2008

calls at Rookery  (7 secs)

GOLDCREST

Regulus regulus

1. East Chevington, Northumberland

Oct 2011

2. Harwood Forest, Northumberland

March 2012

call  (11 secs)


song  (9 secs)

COAL TIT

Periparus ater

Harwood Forest, Northumberland

March 2010

calls  (18 secs)

SKYLARK

Alauda arvensis

Belford Moor, Northumberland

June 2009

song  (11 secs)

SAND MARTIN

Riparia riparia                        

Lynemouth Flash, Northumberland

July 2012

calls  (12 secs)

SWALLOW

Hirundo rustica                      

Eshott, Northumberland

July 2012

calls   (17 secs)

LONG-TAILED TIT

Aegithalos caudatus

Eshott, Northumberland

Feb 2010

calls  (20 secs)

YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER

Phylloscopus inornatus              


1. St. Mary's Island, Northumberland

Oct 2011

2. St. Mary's Island, Northumberland

September 2012

call   (10 secs)


call   (15 secs)

HUME'S WARBLER

Phylloscopus humei                   



St. Mary's Island, Northumberland

Nov 2008

(Compare sonograms of Hume's & Yellow-browed Warblers here)

call   (12 secs)

WOOD WARBLER

Phylloscopus sibilatrix             

Allen Banks, Northumberland

May 2012

song   (26 secs)

CHIFFCHAFF

Phylloscopus collybita             

1. Eshott, Northumberland

March 2012

2. Bamburgh, Northumberland

April 2013

song  (26 secs)


call + snatch of song  (15secs)

WILLOW WARBLER

Phylloscopus trochilus



1. Bamburgh, Northumberland

May 2012

2. Druridge Pools NR, Northumberland

August 2011

song  (20 secs)


call   (10 secs)


BLACKCAP

Sylvia atricapilla

St. Mary's Island, Northumberland

May 2012

song  (21 secs)

GARDEN WARBLER

Sylvia borin

Warenton, Northumberland

June 2009

song  (19 secs)

LESSER WHITETHROAT

Sylvia curruca

St. Mary's Island, Northumberland

May 2012

song  (18 secs)

COMMON WHITETHROAT

Sylvia communis

St. Mary's Island, Northumberland

May 2009

song  (17 secs)

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

Locustella naevia                  

Bamburgh, Northumberland

April 2013

song  (26 secs)

SEDGE WARBLER

Acrocephalus schoenobaenus   

East Chevington NR, Northumberland

May 2012

song  (16 secs)

MARSH WARBLER

Acrocephalus palustris   

1. St. Mary's Island, Northumberland

June 2009

2. Hauxley NR, Northumberland

July 2011

song  (20 secs)


song  (11 secs)

(nb Oystercatcher 'piping' in background!)

REED WARBLER

Acrocephalus scirpaceus   

East Chevington NR, Northumberland

May 2012

song  (20 secs)

SONG THRUSH

Turdus philomelos

Eshott, Northumberland

Feb 2010

song  (16 secs)

NIGHTINGALE

Luscinia megarhynchos

Near Bolam Lake, Northumberland   

June 2009

song  (32 secs)

REDSTART

Phoenicurus phoenicurus           

Allen Banks, Northumberland

May 2012

song  (16 secs)

STONECHAT

Saxicola torquatus                  

East Chevington NR, Northumberland

May 2012

song  (18 secs)

HOUSE SPARROW

Passer domesticus                 

St. Mary's Island, Northumberland

May 2012

calls  (15 secs)

TREE SPARROW

Passer montanus   

Eshott, Northumberland

November 2012

calls  (15 secs)

MEADOW PIPIT

Anthus pratensis   

Newton Links, Northumberland

July 2012

song flight  (11 secs)

ROCK PIPIT

Anthus petrosus   

Whitley Bay Beach, Northumberland

December 2012

calls  (5 secs)    calls  (2 secs)

call while foraging  (19 secs)

WATER PIPIT

Anthus spinoletta   

Whitley Bay Beach, Northumberland

December 2009

calls  (9 secs)

COMMON CROSSBILL

Loxia curvirostra

1. Blakehope Nick, Northumberland

Jan 2011

2. Harwood Forest, Northumberland

Feb 2010

3. Harwood Forest, Northumberland

Jan 2012

4. Harwood Forest, Northumberland

Jan 2012

male singing (20 secs)


perched male calling  (16 secs)


calls & song  (16 secs)


flight calls  (10 secs)


YELLOWHAMMER

Emberiza citrinella                              

1. East Thirston, Northumberland

June 2012

2. Eshott, Northumberland

June 2010

song  (21 secs)

Skylark singing in background

song  (24 secs)

REED BUNTING

Emberiza schoeniclus               

1. Old Hartley, Northumberland

April 2013

2. St. Mary's Island, Northumberland

May 2012

3. Bamburgh, Northumberland

March 2012

song  (16 secs)


song  (13 secs)


call  (12 secs)

CORN BUNTING

Emberiza calandra                   


Highmoor, Northumberland

May 2009

song  (29 secs)

slightly abberant song with Yellowhammer-type phrasing

Common Whitethroat in background

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