Baby Robins HD



Quick Look:

  • Files: 19
  • Clips: 19
  • Duration: 27m:13s
  • Size: ~1.9 GB unzipped
  • Format: WAV
  • Fidelity: 192k/24bit
  • Channels: Stereo
  • Metadata: SoundMiner


Baby Robins is a selection of recordings of a Robin’s nest with 3 baby birds being fed by their parents.  You can hear the whoosh and flapping of the adult Robin’s wings as they swoop in with nom-noms, the babies chirping loudly to get some of those fresh grubs and worms, and finally the deep pounding of wings as the adults swoop out of the nest in pursuit of more food.

It was an awesome week of recording and watching the babies grow rapidly.  Until one day, they had flown the coop, and ventured off into nature to pursue their own careers, most likely in bio-engineering or dropping deuces on unsuspecting human heads.


Recording/Editing: Fienup used a pair of Sanken COS11D microphones, Lectrosonics transmitters, and a Sound Devices 633 recorder.  All files were cleaned, edited, and mastered in Pro Tools and iZotope Rx.

The lavaliere microphones were great for getting in close to the nest without disturbing the Robin’s family.  I simply attached them to a stereo bar, and hoisted them up on a microphone stand.  While the days I recorded had fairly calm winds, I tried both Rycote Overcovers, and Bubblebee Windbubbles for wind protection, and both worked great.  I put the transmitters in a little sack tied to the mic stand, and set up my recorder just a few yards away in my studio.  Even though I recorded for several days, I have curated a nice sampling of clips that contained the least amount of background noise. (see recording setup images below)


Metadata: Metadata was embedded using SoundMiner Plus.  Metadata includes: Artwork, Filename, Description, Keywords, Duration, Sample Rate, Bit Depth, FXName, Category, SubCategory, CatID, Designer, Library, Location, Manufacturer, RecMedium, and Microphone.


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The music used in the preview track is public domain in the United States.  Gioachino Rossini's "William Tell Overture" first premiered in 1829, and this performance is care of the United States Marine Corps Band from June of 2000.  The recording comes from Wikimedia Commons: