Sound of the Week – Humming Birds

What would the world sound like if we could climb inside the head of another animal?  I went to the Olympic National Park some time ago with my wife and got some great recordings of humming bird vocalizations.  The B&B we stayed at had feeders frequented by more humming birds than I’ve ever seen in one place.  I never realized what feisty little creatures they are.  I placed my handy Zoom H4n in the bushes just above the feeder and recorded while the little buggers fought and squabbled over the feeders and nearby flowers.

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To us, their chirps all sound more or less the same, but, when slowed down, you can hear that these short high pitched bursts contain a lot more information than we perceive.  Here’s a section of the same recording pithed down three octaves.

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There’s a lot of interesting information out there on bird song, including this great podcast from Living on Earth.

 

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3 Responses to Sound of the Week – Humming Birds

  1. Cris says:

    Very nice sounds. I’d love to have a whole samplepack with strange bird sounds.
    /Cris

  2. Brendan says:

    That would be great. Have you ever looked at this sight? I haven’t bought anything from them myself, but it gets mentioned on the yahoo sound design group a lot.

  3. Sam says:

    Love these recordings!

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