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Erithacus rubecula : Robin - Turdidae

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birdsongi often listen to this piece all day, i am so glad that its not just me that love this song
Posted by birdsong on 17/06/2019

birdsongthis beautiful piece of birdsong creates a calming environment in this often busy and always hectic library. when i play this it creates a quiet place in which both the librarians and the children can relax. i play this all of the time and the loud children say that they will only be quiet if i play this, and are often begging at the end of it to make it play again, and i always agree, because it is my favourite bird, and the lovely sound it makes creates a place where you can enjoy nature without stepping out of the warm comfort of our library
Posted by birdsong on 14/06/2019

birdsongthis is such a beautiful piece of birdsong i could listen to it all day and i often do
Posted by birdsong on 14/06/2019

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:03:31

  • Shelf mark

    W1CDR0001429 BD12

  • Subjects

    Birds

  • Recording date

    1965/03/14

  • Recording locations

    Culver, Devon: OS Grid Reference(284500,90500)

  • Recordist

    Shove, Lawrence

  • Species

    Robin, Erithacus rubecula

  • Description

    The song of the robin, recorded at Culver, Devon. The robin is without doubt the most well-loved and best-known British bird. It is also one of the most widespread birds, being found in most gardens during the winter although somewhat scarcer during the breeding season. In Britain, it is very confiding and will often associate with gardeners digging the soil in order to take advantage of worms, or beetle larvae that become unearthed. Both male and female have identical plumage and can only be identified by their behaviour. The male is an extremely pugnacious and territorial little bird. It rarely moves more than 5 km from its birth site and will try to maintain a territory throughout the year, defending it very aggressively from interlopers. This explains why the male robin sings almost throughout the year. Its song however, varies much in composition during the course of the year and is at its strongest and most powerful from around Christmas when breeding territories become established. Disturbed robins also produce an urgent 'tic' as an alarm call. In good years, robins may produce three broods and this fecundity helps counter the severe winters which can cause very high mortality. There are 4,500,000 territories in Britain and the population is thought to be relatively stable.

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[2:29]

i often listen to this piece all day, i am so glad that its not just me that love this song

Posted by birdsong, librarian on 17/06/2019 12:54:00

[1:32]

this beautiful piece of birdsong creates a calming environment in this often busy and always hectic library. when i play this it creates a quiet place in which both the librarians and the children can relax. i play this all of the time and the loud children say that they will only be quiet if i play this, and are often begging at the end of it to make it play again, and i always agree, because it is my favourite bird, and the lovely sound it makes creates a place where you can enjoy nature without stepping out of the warm comfort of our library

Posted by birdsong, librarian on 14/06/2019 13:28:00

[3:16]

this is such a beautiful piece of birdsong i could listen to it all day and i often do

Posted by birdsong, librarian on 14/06/2019 13:16:00