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    Smile Help identifying bird song?

    For the third morning running I have been woken up at 4:45am thinking someone was pushing a wheelbarrow with a dry,squeaky wheel around my garden - only to realise it is a happy little bird singing its head off in the tree outside my bedroom window in the first light of morning.

    The same time each morning, who needs a digital alarm clock - this high pitched call is impossible to sleep through - and being 100% natural, living birdsong there is no snooze or mute button.

    As it is too dark to see - any ideas please what bird is making this early morning call which sounds like a dry, squeaky wheel?

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    Re: Help identifying bird song?

    It'd be nice if you could grab a recording. The description is kinda ringing a bell in my brain but as yet I can't pin it down.
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    Re: Help identifying bird song?

    The RSPB website has lists of birds commonly seen in the UK, and under each species there's a tab for listening to their call.

    It might pay off if you check out the most likely suspects, but could take a long time if the species you're hearing is a rarity.....

    Good luck!

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    Re: Help identifying bird song?

    Quote Originally Posted by rhody247 View Post
    For the third morning running I have been woken up ... - only to realise it is a happy little bird singing its head off in the tree outside my bedroom window in the first light of morning. ...
    I'm now quite deaf, and don't have my hearing aid in when sleeping, and now easily sleep through the phone ringing; but I have been awakened like you by bird song, and have taken my recorder outside to make quite good recordings, and with very little traffic noise.
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    Re: Help identifying bird song?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rustyknight View Post
    The RSPB website has lists of birds commonly seen in the UK, and under each species there's a tab for listening to their call.

    It might pay off if you check out the most likely suspects, but could take a long time if the species you're hearing is a rarity.....

    Good luck!
    This is a very good idea.
    Start your search with the grasshopper warbler http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/g/grasshopperwarbler/index.aspx, quite a rarity, I'm very jealous if it is!

    More likely is a sedge warbler http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/s/sedgewarbler/index.aspx; or maybe a whitethroat http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/w/whitethroat/index.aspx, although its song is a bit more melodious; good luck with the search.

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    Re: Help identifying bird song?

    Being in a garden and at that time in the morning it's more likely to be a blackbird, a thrush or a wren I would have thought but without a recording it's really dificult to say.
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    Re: Help identifying bird song?

    but I have been awakened like you by bird song, and have taken my recorder outside to make quite good recordings,
    A shotgun would be far more effective.
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    Re: Help identifying bird song?

    Thanks for the suggestions and help everyone - very much appreciated.

    I tried the direct links to the RSPB web Jacqui thank you, but it is much harsher and penetrating than any of those you kindly suggested.

    It really is an irritating, impossible to sleep through piercing noise - which grates perfectly on the senses.
    A real treat to have to listen to at 4:45am :-(

    It would make a very good sound effect for an alarm clock - you would have to shut it off or it would drive you mad.

    I'll see if I can record it tomorrow morning if it goes for its 4th consecutive, "let's celebrate the first rays of dawn" performance.

    I still want to know what it is though now - it's made me very curious indeed.

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    Re: Help identifying bird song?

    Could be a great tit or a chiffchaff - they both make a noise that sounds like someone filing a bit of tin, which isn't far off your description.

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    Re: Help identifying bird song?

    Or it could be a starling, they are great impersonators of noises and come out with all sorts of sound effects!
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    Re: Help identifying bird song?

    Quote Originally Posted by gray1720 View Post
    Could be a great tit or a chiffchaff - they both make a noise that sounds like someone filing a bit of tin, which isn't far off your description.

    Adrian
    Filing a bit of tin - that is such a good description of it. Mind jarringly irritating and impossible to sleep through or ignore.

    I'll check out the RSPB web site later for bird calls. Thanks very much.

    Thanks for the starlings being great impersonators Fen - ingenious little beggars aren't they?

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    Re: Help identifying bird song?

    Very many thanks everyone.

    Grey1720 nailed it in one - the culprit is unquestionably a Great Tit.

    http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/bird...tit/index.aspx

    Having listened to the superb RSPB recording, my Tit must be singing with a regional "Pompey" accent as it is very coarse, harsh and irritating and it repeats the first few bars of the RSPB recording over and over and over with none of the melodic bits the RSPB have managed to record at all.

    Can birds have regional accents? The feathered equivalent to Estuary English? LOL

    Thanks again everyone - problem solved.

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    Re: Help identifying bird song?

    Quote Originally Posted by rhody247 View Post
    Grey1720 nailed it in one - the culprit is unquestionably a Great Tit.
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    Re: Help identifying bird song?

    What happens when the RSPB recording is played back to the bird?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Learning View Post
    What happens when the RSPB recording is played back to the bird?
    I know a couple of photographers who have a small selection of bird calls recorded on their mobiles (water rail, little grebe, great crested grebe, and a few others....). Playing them back sparingly in early spring does actually attract the real life corresponding species.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gray1720 View Post
    Always happy to handle queries involving tits!
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    Re: Help identifying bird song?

    From the now very politically incorrect Benny Hill show (I think)

    "Tits like coconuts (pause) and sparrows like breadcrumbs"

    I blame grey1720 for making me recall that old joke........................

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    Re: Help identifying bird song?

    Quote Originally Posted by Learning View Post
    What happens when the RSPB recording is played back to the bird?
    Judging by the volume of my little tit at 4:45am, he is the lonely alpha male calling far and wide at the top of his voice for a mate

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    Re: Help identifying bird song?

    In perfect keeping with his previous appearances, my little,tin filing tit is singing his head off again today at 4:48am.

    He is more accurate with his timekeeping and harder to ignore than my bedside alarm clock :-)

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    Re: Help identifying bird song?

    I know it wouldn't be very kind on the little chap, but why not play one of the birds of prey at it? It may recognise one of the harriers, perhaps with a printed silhouette of the bird of prey blu-tacked to the window, and shut his gob? Or if you could find a distress call of its own species you could dupe it into thinking there was a bit of trouble afoot and it'd scarper.
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