|Eastern Subalpine Warbler - Gary Thoburn|
For the second instalment of our sound quizzes we will be looking at the Sylvia Warbler family. In a UK context this familiar group of warblers are a mixture of long distance migrants, rare vagrants and a single resident. As we all know they can be skulky and difficult to view in their favoured habitat of dense vegetation and having the knowledge of their songs is a great time saver when counting breeding pairs on a local patch. Being aware of some of the rarer species songs will also one day hopefully pay off as rare Sylvia Warblers that turn up in spring have a tendency to be singing males.
|Spectacled Warbler by Gary Thoburn|
Some of the Sylvia's in this sound quiz have only recently been given full species status and it's been a learning curve for me producing this! As always I will post the answers shortly which will include a write up on each species song and explain what for me makes them distinctive and unique. I will also be including some sonograms in the answers for the more difficult species as recording bird song and analysing them on a computer has become a key part of sound recognition in birding and on a scientific level and has been something I'm getting to grips with myself since lockdown and I am not an expert but I feel it's part of the future of birding so hopefully you can learn with me along the way!
|Common Whitethroat Paul Ash|
We hope you enjoy the quiz! Click below on the ten questions to have a go.