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BS: Where can I hear a lark sing?

Jim Carroll 14 Dec 16 - 05:36 AM
Roger the Skiffler 14 Dec 16 - 05:22 AM
Steve Shaw 13 Dec 16 - 07:21 PM
Rusty Dobro 13 Dec 16 - 03:23 PM
Peter the Squeezer 13 Dec 16 - 02:44 PM
GUEST,Henry Piper of Ottery 13 Dec 16 - 02:26 PM
GUEST 13 Dec 16 - 02:18 PM
FreddyHeadey 13 Dec 16 - 02:16 PM
GUEST,keberoxu 13 Dec 16 - 12:20 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Where can I hear a lark sing?
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 14 Dec 16 - 05:36 AM

On sunny afternoons in late spring, ealy summer we sit at the back of our house here in West Clare and watch the larg rising from the next field and souring up singing until is disappears - we never see it come down but it reapeats this beautiful performance all day
For a treeless plain on the windswept West coast of Ireland, we are very lucky with bird life here, tits, herons, blackbirds, thrushes finches, robins, swallows, wrens... not forgetting the amusingly idiosyncratic wagtails - and loads and loads of starlings, jackdaws and magpies all in our back (euphemistically described) gaden - the only unwelcome visitor was the sparrow-hawk that snatcehed two small birds on its two visits, but thankfully, never returned.
We were in our local bar one night and people were waxing lyrical about the cuckoos when a man at the end of the bar muttered loudly, "Feckin' menaces - they start up at six in the morning and don't stop till six at night".
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: Where can I hear a lark sing?
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 14 Dec 16 - 05:22 AM

No help for US I'm afraid, but when we used to go to Alderney in the Channel islands there were always larks around, thanks as Steve has hinted, lack of intensive farming methods.

RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: Where can I hear a lark sing?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 13 Dec 16 - 07:21 PM

Come to my bit of north Cornwall and you'll hear skylarks singing all through spring on the coast path. They have declined severely nationally due to the vandalistic depredations of intensive farming. Skylarks need grassland of a certain height for breeding, not too tall, not too short. The modern trend towards winter wheat and barley is devastating, as the crop is too tall by breeding time. The old way, spring-sown cereals, was ideal for them as the crop was just the right height by breeding time. Intensive early grazing of pasture, another modern trend, makes the grass too short for them, and we all know what's happened to those lovely hay meadows, almost all ploughed up. Ploughing in stubble is very bad for them too, what should be a vital winter resource. The National Trust farms much of the clifftop land around here, less intensively than normal in most cases, so the song of the lark is still a constant springtime companion hereabouts.


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Subject: RE: Where can I hear a lark sing?
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 13 Dec 16 - 03:23 PM

They are pleasant and delightful to hear (and see) over a stretch of farmland where I walk the dog. However, when developers recently applied to build 300 houses on it, the local council turned it down, with the suggestion that a new submission for a much larger estate would probably be approved.


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Subject: RE: Where can I hear a lark sing?
From: Peter the Squeezer
Date: 13 Dec 16 - 02:44 PM

Or even (sorry) Melodious


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Subject: RE: Where can I hear a lark sing?
From: GUEST,Henry Piper of Ottery
Date: 13 Dec 16 - 02:26 PM

............Or even just Ascending !!


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Subject: RE: Where can I hear a lark sing?
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Dec 16 - 02:18 PM

In the Clear air...sorry, could not resist!


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Subject: RE: Where can I hear a lark sing?
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 13 Dec 16 - 02:16 PM

A map here
http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Alauda-arvensis 


5 minutes of song
https://m.soundcloud.com/vladimir-arkhipov/skylark-alauda-arvensis 

UK info & about their decline
http://www.rspb.org.uk/....discover/birds/skylarks.aspx
Spring is the best time to hear them but they are definitely not as easy to find as they were forty years ago.


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Subject: where are larks found?
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 13 Dec 16 - 12:20 PM

I grew up near Lake Erie, and if there are larks around Lake Erie then I am the last to know about it. Other birds, in abundance, but seriously I doubt that I have ever heard a lark. Outside of music and songs and poetry and so on.


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