Originally Posted by MJB
I don't have any sound clips, but hundreds of singing Calandra Larks in early June in the morning in south-central Turkey on a sunny windless day just stopped me in my tracks...
Same here! My experiences with Calandra Larks singing in masse were in Portugal. Its quite important you say in high spring and a windless day. If one is lucky enough to get in the right position so that their song can fill one's eardrums so to speak, its overwhelming. I was so absorbed by this both frenzied but inventive and incredibly varied sound, I just thought; right that's it, I need no more from life and lay down with my ears to the sky happy as a boy on a swing. Unfortunately experiences of this nature are not common for me! Much as I adore Skylark, Calandra is simply an amazing song
Another song that "really got me" was Red-rumped Wheatear in south Morocco - I had camped out on a roll mat with no tent and was woken by their pre-dawn song. Birds all around me singing by first proper light and at close range. Highly recommend song to hear well!
The song I most want to hear, of European birds I do not know is River Warbler.