A stereo field-recording of one (possibly two)Woodpecker drumming a telephone pole. Rode NT-4 > FEL battery pre-amp > Zoom H2 line in.
Thank you for your comment acclivity. There could well have been two birds on the pole. I was hiding behind a cowshed at the time of drumming so I could not actually see any birds. When I tried to sneak up closer I only saw one bird fly away (but another could have flown in the other direction hidden by the cowshed). I now believe it was a Dendrocopos majorbecause I saw a flash of red beneath the tail which I was assured today is not present in the lesser. As you probably know these are very shy birds and it is very difficult to get close to them, in response to your interest I shall take binoculars with me from now on to attempt to make a positive identification.
That's a lovely recording. Do you happen to know what specific woodpecker this was? Or was it even 2 birds? I'm fascinated by the rate of drumming different woodpeckers use. Bursts 1, 3, and 4 here are at about 18.5 Hz, but burst 2 shows 20.5 Hz, and this burst is also a bit quieter, and has a different tonal quality. My own recording of a greater spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) showed a rate of 17 Hz. I'll analyse your other woodpecker recordings later.
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