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Corn Crake : The Undiscovered Song

Sometimes the sound an animal makes becomes kind of iconic. For a handful of birds in particular, the sound can become so iconic that it’s the first thing people think of when they’re talking about the bird. But in the case of the corn crake (Crex crex), for hundreds of years, things have gone one step further. In a lot of ways, the bird is its voice. Which is just as well, because your chances of actually seeing one are kind of slim …

 

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Photo Credit : Corn Crake (Crex Crex) by Ron Knight on Flickr

A fairly complete summary of UK corn crake distribution, history, biology etc can be found at the RSPB website.

Here are some corn crakes being pretty visible by their standards, on Iona itself:

And here’s a link to the full text of The Landrail by John Clare, should you be curious about what I left out.

Music

Opening Theme: Running Waters by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

Closing Theme: Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

Field recording of a corn crake by 1HarryH on freesound.org. Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

Under the Stairs Instrumental Version by Josh Woodward. Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

Subtle Library by Fabian Measures. Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

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