February 2nd, 2013

A semi-rare and priceless recording (at least to me) of a Whippoorwill; a bird who, unfortunately, is declining in many areas of the country. This recording contains more hiss than many of my existing nature recordings, BUT I still want to post it so you can get sample of this wonderful signature sound of summer woods at dusk.

Recording made in the Shawnee National Forest in late May of 2010 using my Zoom H4N recorder. I used an Audio Technica AT8035. I was trying out this microphone. This particular microphone does have a narrow acceptance angle, which is probably 1 reason for the hissiness.

Still, go out in the summer woods around dusk sometime and maybe you will get lucky and hear this beautiful little bird whose distinctive calls have livened up the woods for generations of many youngsters – including me!


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    takas20 3 years, 6 months ago

    Thank you very much for providing this sound. I wanted a recording specifically for a pieces that references (very very obliquely) Delius' Florida Song, which mentions the Whipporwhill.
    I have used it as part of a collage in a piece called "The Answer to Question 33" which is listenable and downloadable on SoundCloud here: https://soundcloud.com/ivodne-galatea/the-answer-to-question-33

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    kvgarlic 4 years, 9 months ago

    You're welcome; yes, they are fascinating little birds, and they always nest on the ground and have perfect camoflauge..

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    d_mcd 4 years, 9 months ago

    Being the first time I've heard one of these, it's been interesting to segue into a little reading on them, so thanks for sharing!


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