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Old 25-05-17, 12:47 PM
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Default Bird Chirp ID

Hi there, I've heard this bird call a few times in my garden and was wondering who it was... I can never see the critter.

Got a recording of it though, here:

It's the longer, high pitched, decreasing in pitch, whistle. You can hear it 4 times in the mp3. Anyone?

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Old 25-05-17, 12:58 PM
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Not a lot to go on ??
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Old 25-05-17, 02:11 PM
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sorry, apart from the audio.

Location is Edinburgh and the time of year is now- May.
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Old 28-05-17, 09:46 AM
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Could it possible be houese sparrow?
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Old 30-05-17, 02:01 PM
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The thin 'tssseeee' call, which I think is the one that you are referring to, is an alarm call - probably from a Blackbird or Robin (which both give very similar alarm calls).

Alarm calls of this type are typically given by adult birds that have young hidden near by, and tell the young to stay still and keep quiet. The calls make the position of the adult difficult to identify so that the adult bird can remain near by without giving away its location to the potential predator (in this case, probably the human with the sound recording device!).

The louder chirping is House Sparrows.
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