I'm also used to buzzards meeowing plaintively as they glide through the mist-clad treetops (for example). But in spring I think they're a bit more jolly sounding. And I wonder if Starlings sound cosier because of their range and general chattiness. Perhaps if they just 'did' a buzzard, it would give us the same shivers that buzzards do (or do me, anyway).
If our local buzzard impersonator is around this afternoon, I'll try to record him/her and we can do a 'stork or butter' kind of test.
We were up in the hills above Zurich yesterday and heard Black Woodpeckers laughing. Now, we're used to lots of their calls, but it seemed to me that this year is the first time we've heard that laugh. Always something new to hear, I think.
In reply to Dagallagher:
Glad to hear that your mystery is solved Dagallager. And you make a good point.
In fact, maybe I myself am a Starling. Kind of thing.
Yesterday, it was kestrels again, along with a Geiger counter (from the orignal series of Mission Impossible) and a very believable balloon-animal salesperson.
In reply to Kiera:
Yes Kiera, we're lucky to have them locally; particularly spottable in winter when the forest behind the house is more bare. And Wrynecks too and the other usual suspects.
House alarms and Homebase. That's great. We have a local Blackbird that does the first two bars of the theme from Star Wars. And a young girl who, conversely, does all the birds, including kites. And no-one seems to have noticed.
I've got a Sound Approach book sitting in the kitchen, but haven't yet found the time to sit down and listen/read at the same time, which I think it requires. I like the preamble; as I was (in a previous life) a sound engineer (live music, TV, and radio) it appeals to me.
Then you take a look at who's involved in the Sound Approach. And you think, well, it's going to be incredible, right?
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