Prize Giveaway Answer:

A bird of the season

The answer to the mystery bird call is… well before I say, thanks very much to everyone bold enough to have ago. For what it’s worth took me awhile to figure it out and in consultation with others. Here’s a list of the species that people suggested:

  • Barbary Partridge
  • Yellowhammer
  • Little Bunting
  • European Robin
  • Desert Grey Shrike
  • Hawfinch
  • Sardinian Warbler
  • Moussier’s Redstart
  • Moltoni’s Warbler
  • Short-toed Lark
  • Yellow-breasted Bunting

With that much variety in the guesses, from some experienced birders, it was for sure a tricky one!

I heard the bird calling in response to me ‘pishing’ and made the recording. I never saw it, as it remained hidden in the bush. Later on around the dinner table, I think it was Andrea who said they’d had a similar bird that had perplexed them too in a previous year on Linosa. So they reckoned it was the same confusing caller: a (European) Robin. As Magnus Robb had helped with the identification of the previous funny sounding Robin, I emailed Magnus and he came back and agreed this was a Robin too. Has too has recorded other, different wacky Robin calls. Thankfully he too has been foxed by them in the past. Congratulations to Mike Langman from Devon, England, was the first to correctly identify the bird. Have a listen again and hear it revert to normal Robin ticks near the end of the recording.

Listen again >>here<<

The strap line remains true, even with a bird like a Robin that covers our Christmas cards, that we can hear and see in Western Europe so easily, nevertheless…

we are always discovering! Bring it on in 2012.


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One Response to Prize Giveaway Answer:

  1. Hi Martin

    This bird must have some Marsh Warbler blood – it’s such a good mimic 🙂

    It reminds me of a wacky European Robin I had on my patch in Aberdaron this autumn – calling away from deep in the Blackthorn for ages, sending my blood pressure rising in anticipation; after lots of weird noises it did a bit of standard ticking and then popped out to confirm it’s identity!

    Thanks for another instructive post.

    Good Birding in 2012

    Andrew Clarke

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