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Autumn virtuoso, French Alps (1,000m asl)

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Old Saturday 12th September 2020, 14:36   #1
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Autumn virtuoso, French Alps (1,000m asl)

Apologies for the faint recording, I just pointed my mobile phone in the direction of the bird. We're used to the mimicry and variety of Marsh Warbler here in May/June but this species comes a close second when it does this Autumn subsong. All the sounds you hear (apart from the cow bells nearby) were being produced by this individual, including the eerie owl-like gargle.
I made other recordings in a ten minute spell but cars or aircraft passing spoiled the result. Among the species I heard it mimicking were Black Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff and Blue Tit.
I only ever hear it doing this in September, what do you think it is?
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Old Monday 14th September 2020, 12:04   #2
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No takers then?!
I found it a fascinating performance from a normally unmusical species
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I know Magpies can do this kind of stuff.
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Starling doing the cow bells :) Not sure about the twittering little bird though.
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You canít beat an Icky when itís on a roll and Iíve heard RB Shrikes make some interesting vocals - itís amazing just how many birds mimic other species (including mimicking animals too!)

Eurasian Jays are surprisingly good mimics ...
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No Starlings here now Jos, but Jay is a good call Deb, it’s in fact a Black Redstart, the male that raised two broods and now is singing for joy as he’s no longer any responsibilities ( modern parents eh.....).
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