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slippers



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 10:07 am    Post subject: computerised sounding bird Reply with quote

There is a bird that I hear every morning that I only hear in one field, I walk all over Derbyshire and have never heard this bird anywhere else.

It may be very common however haha as I am useless with identifying nature despite my appreciation for it.

This bird has a white body and black wings, I would say it is a little smaller than a seagull. There are two of them that fly over just this one field constantly chatting to each other.

It is their voice that is distinctive for me, it is very computerised (R2D2 style). If you didn`t know it was this bird you would think it was someones mobile phone.

Any ideas what this bird is?
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Karwin



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 2:18 pm    Post subject: Re: computerised sounding bird Reply with quote

slippers wrote:
It is their voice that is distinctive for me, it is very computerised (R2D2 style).
Laughing Laughing Laughing
Good description over all! It definitely is Vanellus vanellus (lapwing).

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slippers



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It does look a lot like that so I guess you are correct although I have never noticed the thing on it's head. Just been on http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/l/lapwing/index.asp and listened to the call and it definately makes the elecrtonic sounding noises, never heard it make any other noise ever though.

I literally cover miles of Derbyshire countryside each week, how come I have never seen or heard one of these before? That site says they are quite common.

Oh and thanks for the response Karwin, much appreciated
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P. Modularis



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that must be lapwings. In my opinion they sound a bit like ambulance sirens. Very funny Smile

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slippers



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love watching and listening to all aspects of nature but don`t have a clue what I am looking and listening to Laughing

On a side note, does anyone know when springwatch is going to start this year?
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Strixaluco



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

slippers wrote:

On a side note, does anyone know when springwatch is going to start this year?


I have the new Radio Times in front of me right now. It starts this coming Monday - 25th May at 8pm on BBC2.

The front cover shows an interesting photo of Kate Humble sitting on a log. She's wearing a rather glamorous green satin gown - with unusual accessories a captive barn owl on her gloved left hand, and muddy green wellies on her feet)! Laughing

http://www.bbc.co.uk/springwatch/

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slippers



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha, I checked the springwatch website a few days ago, they must have just updated it Mad
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Strixaluco



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

slippers wrote:
haha, I checked the springwatch website a few days ago, they must have just updated it Mad

The start date was posted on BBF on April 27th! Banana!

http://forum.biggonline.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=5645

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