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Thread #130409   Message #2937066
Posted By: GUEST,^&*
30-Jun-10 - 03:10 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Echo Mocks the Corncrake / Corncraik
Subject: RE: origins: Echo Mocks the Corncrake (Dick Gaughan?)
The point of the "echo" reference is probably that the rasp of the corncrake tends to bounce off the gable end of cottages and head back towards the bird - who then ends up responding to this "rival"! At one stage, many years ago, I used to survey these birds in the Irish Midlands. We used a crude directional microphone (actually part of a child's "spy kit" received as a present by somone's children) to locate the birds and separate out the echoes. We also, incidentally, raised the birds by cutting a sawtooth edge on a length of beef rib bone, using a second piece as a rasp. Very effective - and less weather-prone than a tape recorder!