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BS: Where can I hear a lark sing?

Jim Carroll 14 Dec 16 - 11:14 AM
Senoufou 14 Dec 16 - 09:31 AM
Joe Offer 14 Dec 16 - 06:45 AM
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 - 11:14 AM

"We're lucky too here in Norfolk UK"
We used to know North Norfolk pretty well and were alarmed when the hedgerows began to disappear to accommodate the multinational's farming techniques - no habitat for wildlife and great loss of topsoil from the Easterly winds - I hope that has been reversed now.
We had a very strange experience there once when heading for the home of a friend in Knapton.
We saw a car stopped in the road in front of us and when we drew in to see if we could be of help we found a young man cradling an obviously injured large bird.
As he couldn't wait, we offered to take the bird to somewhere it could receive some attention.
It transpired that the bird, a crested grebe, had injured itself by trying to land on the road at speed
The people at the seal sanctuary (all we could find) told us that after rain the roads appear to be stretches of water and birds often land on them by mistake.
We called back a couple of days later to find the grebe was recovering well - we trust it didn't end up in a pie!!
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: Where can I hear a lark sing?
From: Senoufou
Date: 14 Dec 16 - 09:31 AM

We're lucky too here in Norfolk UK. Very varied habitat (fields, coast, wetlands, rivers & lakes, woodlands etc) means we have an excellent selection of bird species. Skylarks are often heard in the fields, but (according to Norfolk Wildlife Trust, of which I'm a member) they have declined in numbers by 50% due, as Steve says above, to intensive farming methods. We have many nature reserves here in Norfolk though where they are safe, which is lovely.

I sat on a straw bale at the edge of a field last Spring enjoying the total and utter silence, then a skylark began to sing high in the sky. It really brought tears to my eyes. (I'm a daft old thing)

Sorry keberoxu, none of this is any help to you in US.


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Subject: RE: BS: Where can I hear a lark sing?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Dec 16 - 06:45 AM

Hi, Keberoxu -
Wikipedia says the Eastern Meadowlark should be in your area. The Western Meadowlark is supposed to be in my area, but I've never identified any kind of lark.

And despite the 1941 song by Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael, it's unlikely you'll see a Skylark in the United States - although they are seen occasionally in the U.S.

-Joe-


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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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