Monthly Archives: March 2011

bioblitz or BioBlitz

slang:

BioBlitz, also written without capitals bioblitz, is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area . Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct an intensive field study over a short, usually 24 hour, period of time. There is also a public component to many BioBlitzes, with the goal of getting the public interested in biodiversity. In order to encourage more public participation, these BioBlitzes are often held in urban parks or nature reserves close to cities[1][2][3][4].

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BioBlitz

Trekroep

Je hebt onder de vogels dagtrekkers en nachttrekkers. Tapuiten, nachtegalen en roodborstjes trekken ‘s nachts en veldleeuweriken en graspiepers overdag. Heggenmussen trekken zowel ’s nachts als overdag. Tijdens de trek laten alle soorten hun eigen contactroepjes horen.

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Dutch Birding Association, Out Of The Blue – Flight Calls Of Migrants And Vagrants

Audio CD

Disk ID: 407957

Disk length: 42m 15s (57 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 2003

Label: Unknown

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Tracks & Durations

1. Lesser White-fronted Goose – Dwerggans – Anser erythropus 0:47
2. Siberian White-fronted Goose – Siberische Kolgans – Anser albifrons albifrons 0:42
3. Greenland White-fronted Goose – Groenlandse Kolgans – Anser albifrons flavirostris 1:18
4. Common Crane – Kraanvogel – Grus grus 0:53
5. Demoiselle Crane – Jufferkraanvogel – Anthropoides virgo 1:11
6. Blue-cheeked Bee-eater – Groene Bijeneter – Merops persicus 0:30
7. European Bee-eater – Bijeneter – Merops apiaster 1:17
8. Calandra Lark – Kalanderleeuwerik – Melanocorypha calandra 0:58
9. Bimaculated Lark – Bergkalanderleeuwerik – Melanocorypha bimaculata 0:40
10. White-winged Lark – Witvleugelleeuwerik – Melanocorypha leucoptera 1:08
11. Black Lark – Zwarte Leeuwerik – Melanocorypha yeltoniensis 0:45
12. Greater Short-toed Lark – Kortteenleeuwerik – Calandrella brachydactyla 0:52
13. Lesser Short-toed Lark – Kleine Kortteenleeuwerik – Calandrella rufescens 0:34
14. Crested Lark – Kuifleeuwerik – Galerida cristata 0:31
15. Wood Lark – Boomleeuwerik – Lullula arborea 0:32
16. Eurasian Skylark – Veldleeuwerik – Alauda arvensis 1:08
17. Horned Lark – Strandleeuerik – Eremophila alpestris 0:53
18. Richard’s Pipit – Grote Pieper – Anthus richardi 1:02
19. Blyth’s Pipit – Mongoolse Pieper – Anthus godlewskii 0:42
20. Tany Pipit – Duinpieper – Anthus campestris 0:21
21. Olive-backed Pipit – Siberische Boompieper – Anthus hodgsoni 0:54
22. Tree Pipit – Boompieper – Anthus trivialis 0:22
23. Pechora Pipit – Petsjorapieper – Anthus gustavi 0:43
24. Meadow Pipit – Graspieper – Anthus pratensis 1:21
25. Red-throated Pipit – Roodkeelpieper – Anthus cervinus 1:16
26. Rock Pipit – Oeverpieper – Anthus petrosus 0:58
27. Water Pipit – Waterpieper – Anthus spinoletta 0:38
28. Siberian Buff-bellied Pipit – Anthus rubescens japonicus 0:41
29. Blue-headed Wagtail – Gele Kwikstaart – Motocilla flava 0:19
30. Black-headed Wagtail – Balkankwikstaart – Motocilla feldegg 0:15
31. Citrine Wagtail – Citroenkwikstaart – Motocilla citreola 0:30
32. Bohemian Waxwing – Pestvogel – Bombycilla garrulus 0:42
33. Edar Waxwing – Cerderpestvogel – Bombycilla cedrorum 0:35
34. White’s Thrush – Goudlijster – Zoothera aurea 0:29
35. Ring Ouzel – Beflijster – Turdus torquatus 0:48
36. Common Blackbird – Merel – Turdus merula 0:43
37. Dusky Thrush – Bruine Lijster – Turdus naumanni eunomus 0:16
38. Black-throated Thrus – Zwartkeellijster – Turdus ruficollis atrogularis 0:41
39. Fieldfare – Kramsvogel – Turdus pilaris 0:53
40. Song Thrush – Zanglijster – Turdus philomelos 1:05
41. Redwing – Koperwiek – Turdus iliacus 0:38
42. Mistle Thrus – Grote Lijster – Turdus viscivorus 0:18
43. American Robin – Roodvorstlijster – Turdus migratorius 0:29
44. Lapland Longspur – IJsgors – Calcarius lapponicus 0:57
45. Snow Bunting – Sneeuwgors – Plectrophenax nivalis 0:50
46. Black-faced Bunting – Maskergors – Emberiza spodocephala 0:35
47. Pine Bunting – Witkopgors – Emberiza leucocephalos 0:59
48. Yellohammer – Geelgors – Emberiza citrinella 1:12
49. Cirl Bunting – Cirlgors – Emberiza cirlus 0:38
50. Ortolan Bunting – Ortolaan – Emberiza hortulana 0:19
51. Cretzschmar’s Bunting – Bruinkeelortolaan – Emberiza caesia 0:34
52. Rustic Bunting – Bosgors – Emberiza rustica 0:33
53. Little Bunting – Dwerggors – Emberiza pusilla 0:38
54. Yellow-breasted Bunting – Wilgengors – Emberiza aureola 0:26
55. Common Reed Bunting – Rietgors – Emberiza schoeniclus 0:47
56. Pallas’s Reed Bunting – Pallas’ Rietgors – Emberiza pallasi 0:48
57. Corn Bunting – Grauwe Gors – Emberiza calandra 0:10

Aboriginal Bird Myth

When the world was young, a beautiful rainbow had appeared in the sky. And this rainbow was taking color from all around. All the reds, all the blues, all the greens, all the yellows. And it kept on growing and growing and growing and growing and right before your very eyes, the rainbow was so full of color that it started pulsating

And then it exploded. And when it exploded the pieces of rainbow fell down to the ground. And as those pieces got down to the ground they changed to all the birds we know today.

Now, some of the birds they didn’t like the feeling of falling down and they got scared. And they called out in a horror like this:

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Just like the crow and seagull does today. While other birds they thought it was the funniest feeling they ever had. And they started laughing up like this:

Aaa-aah, Aaa-aah, Aaa-aah

Just like the ‘fukubara’. But other birds they wondered what was going on, and they called out like this:

Oeh, Oeh, Oeh, Oeh, Oeh, Oeh,

Just like the owl. And others started talking up like this:

Helloang, hellaong, whatsgoingong?

Just like the parrots and the cockatoos. And other birds, they fell straight down to the ground and they started walking and running around. And they sounded like this:

ghugga-ghugga-ghugga

Just like the tall emu. And other birds, they loved the feeling of flying, so they spread their wings and they all started to sing. 

And that is how the birds all got their colors and voices today. Because of that beautiful rainbow way back in the Dreamtime.

 

http://www.universalsubtitles.org/en/videos/ZPlMT5ihWSN6/info/

‘Mozart’s starling’ (Meredith J. West, Andrew P. King)


On 27 May 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart purchased a starling. Three years later, he buried it with much ceremony. Heavily veiled mourners marched in a procession, sang hymns, and listened to a graveside recitation of a poem Mozart had composed for the occasion:

Hier ruht ein lieber Narr,
Ein Vogel Staar.
Noch in den besten ]ahren
Musst er erfahren
Des Todes bittern Schmerz.
Mir blut’t das Herz,
Wenn ich daran gedenke.
O Leser! schenke
Auch du ein Thranchen ihm.
Er war nicht schlimm;
Nur war er etwas munter,
Doch auch mitunter
Ein lieber loser Schalk,
Und drum kein Dalk.
Ich wett’, er ist schon oben,
Um mich zu loben
Fiir diesen Freundschaftsdienst
Ohne Gewinnst.
Denn wie er unvermuthet
Sich hat verblutet,
Dacht er nicht an den Mann,
Der so schon reimen kann.

Den 4ten ]uni 1787.

Full article: http://www.starlingtalk.com/mozart1.htm

 

Audio: “Ein Musikalischer Spass” (K.522 Second Movement: Menuetto) is the first compisition Mozart made after the starlings death. “It is believed to be based on the song of his beloved pet starling.”