Moel Eithinen: House Martin Position

House Martin : Delichon urbica

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Moel Eithinen is one of the mountains that make up part of the Clwydian Range. With stunning views from the hill fort, It is not only a popular tourist destination but also forms part of the Offa's Dyke. I intend to do much more exploring around this area, recording sounds from the higher uplands, but firstly not wanting to stray too far away, here is a recording of the delightful chirping of these house martins at Moel Eithinen Farm. As well as their signaling call, the gurgling chirping is highly complex and quick, akin to a trill in a musical score , this quick succession of vocalisations also cover quite a large frequency spectrum as can be seen from the spectrogram from 1khz upward. This spectrogram also shows the recurrence speed of the utterance in just under 1.5 seconds we get a rapid succession of beatings, each with their own detailed rhythmic pattern.


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