Like a dripping tap that no plumber can fix

There’s this bird…
A bird even Sir David Attenborough would have to admit is annoying as hell. Every morning and every evening there is an evenly paced REEE noise coming from somewhere outside. It’s a REEE per second and goes on for minutes at a time. DRIVES ME CRAZY.

I suppose it’s possible it’s a frog or toad or something but I’m pretty sure it’s a bird. I should record it for you. Then you can play it at your most peaceful times until your head nearly explodes. That’s what it’s like. Relentless.

Most of you who know me know that I devoted over a decade of my life (in the US) to hardcore animal sanctuary volunteer work and have been a vegetarian for longer than that. I wouldn’t hurt another living creature (Insects and arachnids don’t count. Sadly, I’m flawed.) but this REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE REEE

OH MY GOD. You get the picture. This morning I actually briefly fantasised that the ghost of my Papaw (that’s grandpa) came and shot the bird out of the tree for me. I can’t believe I thought that, but then again, I grind my teeth every time I hear the feathered freak. If he’s trying to find a mate, that rhythmic squawk ain’t bringing the ladies, so try a different tactic, OK? Maybe broaden your vocabulary. Chicks dig smart guys, and goodness knows I’d like you better.

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3 thoughts on “Like a dripping tap that no plumber can fix”

  1. I wonder whether that’s a normal bird ‘song’ or whether it’s a particular noise the thing has picked up from somewhere nearby.

    My parents used to have an aviary and one bird in there knew how to wolf-whistle. Pretty soon going anywhere near the aviary was like walking past a building site (although the birds whistled at anyone, builders tend to be a bit more select…)

    There’s also a bird near this flat that sounds like the Death Star theme music, morning and evening as well.

    Maybe the local cats will get fed up and take action?

  2. That might be a territorial type song, so you could try recording it and playing it back, REEE-LY loudly. Might get the little darling worried at least.

    http://www.rspb.org.uk/
    this has got a bird identifier table, although I don’t know how helpful it will be if you haven’t actually seen feathers.

  3. Someone at work thought it might be a magpie, but that was without hearing the real sound. I did my best to imitate, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t get it right.
    I can do a good Yoda impression though. However irrelevant. (Though me and that Death Star bird could take it on the road! lol)

    Neil thinks it may be an escaped parrot of some sort but I always thought they had a much broader vocabulary.

    Must try to see the bird… (and I promise to not put crosshairs on him when I do 😉 )

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