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Old Tuesday 15th October 2019, 19:15   #1576
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A great day for the garden today. Best was a flyover Richard's Pipit - the second for the house https://youtu.be/Yf3DYaccUu4

On the overnight NocMig recordings there were 65 Redwing 6 Blackbird and a record 22 Song Thrush. Also a Lapland Bunting

150 Siskin, 5 Goldcrest a Chiffchaff were about this morning, and just before dusk a very vocal Firecrest arrived - it appeared to roost in the Buckthorn
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Old Wednesday 16th October 2019, 15:00   #1577
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Hi Jane,
Thinking of getting into this nocmig doings, could you post details of your setup.
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Old Wednesday 16th October 2019, 19:15   #1578
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dave, check out the Bird Sounds Recording Eqpt & Discussion forum
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Old Wednesday 16th October 2019, 22:41   #1579
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I use different setups depending on the circumstances.

That recording came from a second hand Roland R-07

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=roland%20r%2005

a Sennheiser Lavelier microphone (also second hand) like this... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sennheise...MAAOSw4hldpDxX


and a parabolic reflector

this one [ditch the mic with it]

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Parabolic...oAAOSwjCVciPXg





I also get a nice result with a Zoom HN1 one of these https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Deity-V-L...sAAOSwd5Jc2RgX

that's a powered mic that doesn't like the Roland but works fine on the zoom.




For added fun factor, during the day I feed the input through my HiFi and fill the house with outside sounds.
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Old Thursday 17th October 2019, 09:08   #1580
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The place to spend your money on is the microphone - the expensive recorders come with much better microphones than the cheapo [12] generic Chinese voice recorders, but a good external microphone is still better.

This below is a simultaneous test using from top to bottom the Roland with its own mics, the Zoom with its own mics, a Chinese recorder with the unpowered sennheiser and a parabolic and bottom is another Chinese recorder with the Deity condenser mic. The subject is my "tit/warber lure". Both the zoom and Roland are varying the gain and so missed the quiet Coal tit call at 51.5 secs to varying degrees. The bottom two had winduards on.


All the "clicks" are raindrops hitting the awning I was under - it was lashing down.
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Old Thursday 17th October 2019, 09:53   #1581
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Hoylake Bird Obs? New one on me.....until the penny dropped

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Old Friday 18th October 2019, 17:18   #1582
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Nice, I think I'm getting it but have become a bit of a technophobe since we last met!
It's essentially three elements.

Parabolic Reflector
Microphone (Any mic will fit in the Parabolic you suggest?)
Recorder

How do you position it? I do have a few trees on my property over 60 feet but I don't fancy that. Is it ok just outside on a tripod?

Looking forward to this. My Garden list stalled in the 90's. Not the decade obv!

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Any Omni-directional mic will work in the parabolic - but the mic is where to spend your money. I usually open my office/seawatch hide window and point the parabolic upwards and out a bit over the beach. This has the advantage that the recorder is inside and can be powered.

You need some software too - I recommend Audacity and Raven [from Cornell] I use Audacity to listen and make quick assessments on sonagrams, isolate calls I want to look at further and cut out noise, whilst Raven is better for producing final sonagrams

In other news there was a Yellow-browed Warbler in ther back garden yesterday afternoon

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cm7iym1zzv...58-29.mp4?dl=0


This is a play through on audacity, using windows 10's recorder to capture a video.
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Old Wednesday 1st January 2020, 19:56   #1584
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30 species recorded today, unsurprisingly 30 for the year. 42 birds caught, 15 of which were retraps.

The biggest surprise was a nominate race Chiffchaff which was caught in the front garden, in the buckthorn. Chaffinch and Goldcrest were also likely migrants.

A sound only Raven 4 Brent Geese, viewable down the mist-net lane and 200 or so Pink-footed Geese were the other highlights
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The weather deteriorated at lunchtime, but by then I had color-ringed two more Blackcaps 31st species for 2020
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