Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Whilst we were at St. Abbs on Sunday and trying to relocate the Barred Warbler we suddenly heard what sounded like a Swallow alarm call from within the same scrub. This call was repeated several times, after which a Robin was spotted atop a Hawthorn directly in front of us. I've never heard Robins emit this two note call before and I don't think either Stewart or the other birder present had either. Subsequent discussion has resulted in Stewart suggesting a young male 'learning' to sing. I was reminded of this today whilst hanging washing out in the garden as another strange call emanating from our shrubbery also morphed into a Robin. I've just gone through all the Robin calls in Xeno-Canto and there is no recording of this Swallow type call. Anyone else come across it?