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Old 15-03-2017, 05:04 PM
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A sparrowhawk alarm call is a louder and sharper kek-kek-kek than the one you posted. Sounds more like a food pass. Also sounds like more than one bird possibly a female calling to young.
Any female call that isn't his mate would scare him off as he wouldn't want to end up being dinner lol.
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Old 15-03-2017, 05:42 PM
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A sparrowhawk alarm call is a louder and sharper kek-kek-kek than the one you posted. Sounds more like a food pass. Also sounds like more than one bird possibly a female calling to young.
Any female call that isn't his mate would scare him off as he wouldn't want to end up being dinner lol.
That's a good point Kevin, thanks for that!

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Old 15-03-2017, 10:35 PM
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Thanks Tony , you may well be right! I have heard both contact calls and alarm calls many many times at wild spar nests .... I think I need to pay more attention to what I hear!

I got some nice clips through the telescope last June, but unfortunately my camera doesn't pick up the sound. Rosy cheeked musket!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx9...ew?usp=sharing
It's possible Paul, but I'm certainly no expert.

Lovely clip --- one day I'll fly another sparrowhawk I hope.

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Old 23-06-2017, 08:54 PM
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Thanks Tony , you may well be right! I have heard both contact calls and alarm calls many many times at wild spar nests .... I think I need to pay more attention to what I hear!

I got some nice clips through the telescope last June, but unfortunately my camera doesn't pick up the sound. Rosy cheeked musket!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx9...ew?usp=sharing
Well I've just come in from a visit to the spar's nest. Female sitting tight on the nest...I could just see her head through the scope. While I was there the musket came in nearby and made his contact call, and I paid close attention this time. It was very unlike the voice in the link Bradley posted which is high pitched, fast and urgent. His call this evening was low pitched, much slower and gentle, like he's trying not to draw attention to himself or the nest site. Lovely noise.
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Old 24-06-2017, 10:22 AM
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Well I've just come in from a visit to the spar's nest. Female sitting tight on the nest...I could just see her head through the scope. While I was there the musket came in nearby and made his contact call, and I paid close attention this time. It was very unlike the voice in the link Bradley posted which is high pitched, fast and urgent. His call this evening was low pitched, much slower and gentle, like he's trying not to draw attention to himself or the nest site. Lovely noise.
That's great news Paul, nice to hear that your local Spar's are nesting well. I haven't seen our local Female in quite a while so i can only presume that she's caught up with raising youngsters as well. That noise the musket made sounds interesting. I think it can be safely assumed that the call I played to the Musket in the garden was a Sparrowhawk alarm call? Thanks for sharing that, always good to hear.

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Old 24-06-2017, 10:33 AM
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Damn they're a handsome little bird ,this lad is back out there now
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Old 24-06-2017, 10:54 AM
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damn they're a handsome little bird ,this lad is back out there now
They are awesome looking birds. Is that the rehab Spar that you were looking after, did he make it back out into the wild then?

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Old 24-06-2017, 12:49 PM
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They are awesome looking birds. Is that the rehab Spar that you were looking after, did he make it back out into the wild then?

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Yep back to the world a few weeks ago ,pleasure to have had him a short while
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Old 24-06-2017, 02:56 PM
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yep back to the world a few weeks ago ,pleasure to have had him a short while
That's great Shaun, such a nice thing to do to take in the bird too. Out of interest, how did he come to be in your care?

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Old 24-06-2017, 04:41 PM
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That's great news Paul, nice to hear that your local Spar's are nesting well. I haven't seen our local Female in quite a while so i can only presume that she's caught up with raising youngsters as well. That noise the musket made sounds interesting. I think it can be safely assumed that the call I played to the Musket in the garden was a Sparrowhawk alarm call? Thanks for sharing that, always good to hear.

Kind Regards,

Bradley
Hi Bradley,
I'm still inclined to think your original call was an alarm call, but can't be definite about it. I don't know enough! It could be that at other times of year there might be a different loud contact call. What I heard yesterday had a very quiet tentative quality to it. Even standing right next to him it would not have been loud .
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