Wild Bird Seed - bird songs

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Songs our feathered friends sing

People who love birds usually appreciate their songs, which can be a quick way of identifying a species if you can't see it.

Below are a selection of some of the more common wild bird songs to help with identification. [This is a limited list from The Knutsford Ornithological Society, more can be found here]. The one playing now is a blackbird.

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Lapwing. One of the most distinctive bird songs, an early sign that Spring is close
.ra (295KB)

Redshank. Common & Spotted Redshank recorded together here - first 'chewit, chewit' from the Spotted Redshank, then the more familiar call of the Common Redshank
.ra (374KB)

Greenshank. Extremely bold and noisy - best seen and heard in the Scottish highlands
.ra (224KB)

Stock Dove. Quiet so overlooked often, heard from early Spring through to late Summer
.ra (372.kb)

Woodpigeon. One of the most boring songs in the bird world, no, the most boring!
.ra (266KB)

Collared Dove. Nesting in the UK since the mid 50s and since spread as far as Iceland
.ra (251KB)

Turtle Dove. A summer migrant with a song like a trimphone
.ra (302KB)

Cuckoo. Used to be unmistakable until Collared Doves arrived to confuse the hard of thinking, now declining
.ra (257kb.)

Swallow. Summer visitors, you will see them before you hear their song, a pretty chatter
.ra (346.kb)

Carrion Crow. A raucous call
.ra (389KB)

Rook. A more pleasing, less raucous call than the Carrion Crow's
.ra (215KB)

Green Woodpecker. You might hear the tapping before anything else, used to be known as the "Yaffle"
.ra (266kb)

Greater and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. The song of the Greater Woodpecker is normally shorter and more resonant than the Lesser which is a constant pitch call
.ra (394kb.)

Robin. You can hear them singing most of the year, this is it's Autumn song
.ra (224KB)

Blackbird. The commonest of our native Thrushes and perhaps the best songbird of them all
.ra (195.kb)

Song Thrush. More repetitive than the Mistle Thrush song, can be heard from December onwards, especially during March and April
.ra (385kb.)

Mistle Thrush. Also known as the Stormcock, can be heard early in the year from high on a tree
.ra (210kb.)

Grasshopper Warbler. Breeds in thick overgrown vegetation, normally close to water where it can be heard warbling
.ra (241.kb)

Sedge Warbler. The songs of this species is often confused with that of the Grasshopper Warbler
.ra (213KB)

Garden Warbler. More sustained song with less variation than the Blackcap
.ra (277.kb)

Blackcap. Very common, song can be confused with that of the Garden Warbler
.ra (333.kb)

Common Whitethroat. Lovely little song bird, not hugely tuneful but compensates with sheer exuberance
.ra (339.kb)

Lesser Whitethroat. Once you learn the song you'll notice how many there are
.ra (315kb.)

Willow Warbler. The most widespread of our warblers, but on the decline
.ra (321.kb)

Chiffchaff. One of the first Summer migrants to return here, often as early as the Sand Martin
.ra (244kb)

Wood Warbler. Mainly heard during passage. Song is a bit like a coin spinning on a plate
.ra (297.kb)

Wren. Still looking for a recording of the illusive wren, will add it as soon as we find one


To listen to digital radio playing a birdsong selection go here.

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