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Some food for thoughts on bird imitations

Some food for thoughts on bird imitations

I have been recording a few unexpected imitations recently. Here are some surprising examples and some food for thoughts on this topic. Three examples : First let’s start with a well known imitator : This Calandra Lark was imitating not less than 20 different species, including Meadow Pipit, Tawny Pipit, Richard’s Pipit, Greater Short-toed Lark, Crested Lark, Skylark, Bee-eater, Barn Swallow, Linnet or Serin. Actually, this list of imitation fits pretty well to the list of the birds we have…

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Night migration : Shorebirds at the window !

Night migration : Shorebirds at the window !

Who hasn’t seen this animation from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology showing birds taking off a few minutes after the sunset ?   Not only birds do migrate at night, but this migration can be MASSIVE. Moreover, most of the species that migrate at night can rarely be seen migrating in daylight : Shorebirds, Rails, Warblers…Which means that we’re just missing thousands of birds that are flying over us while we can’t see them ! Fortunately, many species are vocal enough…

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