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whingrey

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Hi everyone my name is Joe and I've been around long enough to see several species of birds disappear in my lifetime from where I live in Northern Ireland . I'll name the main ones: cuckoo, corncrake, kingfisher, kestrel, snipe, 'water hen'. Now I've got a question for you viewers which has been puzzling me for the last few months or so. There used to be a bird...I remember hearing...awe....over 50 years ago...and I heard it usually 'around the edge of dark' when I was passing this wet, boggy, field near were I live...and it would literally explode' into flight as I walked by; for it was extremely fast in flight. I cant say I ever saw it up close but I'm almost certain...this same bird made a peculiar noise/sound in flight...like a 'burring/whirring noise. Does anyone know what species of bird it might have been. I'd dearly love to know. Note: I haven't heard/seen it now for several decades, unfortunately.
 

delia todd

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Hi Joe and a warm welcome from me too. I wonder if it was a snipe you used to hear. There's a recording on our Opus page if you'd like to listen to it and let us know if it brings back memories: Common Snipe - BirdForum Opus

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I hope to hear about all the birds you see when out and about.
 

whingrey

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Hi Joe and a warm welcome from me too. I wonder if it was a snipe you used to hear. There's a recording on our Opus page if you'd like to listen to it and let us know if it brings back memories: Common Snipe - BirdForum Opus

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I hope to hear about all the birds you see when out and about.
This was my initial 'hunch' but when I listened to the recording I'm not so sure now. The 'call'/sound it made in flight was akin to the sound made by the wind sometimes when it hits/deflects off the edge of an object such as a propeller of wind vane. I attributed the sound to the bird's wings while it was in flight.
 

delia todd

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This was my initial 'hunch' but when I listened to the recording I'm not so sure now. The 'call'/sound it made in flight was akin to the sound made by the wind sometimes when it hits/deflects off the edge of an object such as a propeller of wind vane. I attributed the sound to the bird's wings while it was in flight.
Ummmm.... I still think that sounds like a Common Snipe. But I guess we'll never know for sure.
 

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