Morning Mist - Tenterfield

27 November 2009

I need a good night's sleep!

For over a week, we've had a visitor. Once a year the 'Common Koel' a migratory bird visits us. This bird is very hard to spot as it is extremely good at hiding, but boy, do you hear it! Yesterday it was in a tree near us and singing it's little heart out, but no matter how hard we looked, we couldn't see it. It has a monotonous song that sounds something like a wolf-whistle directed at a pretty girl coming from a building site. Only this one won't stop, it goes on and on.

It did finally stop at around 7 pm. We watched a little TV, went to bed around 10.30pm and woke up at 3.45 by, you guessed it... our visitor. Both Diane and I dived for our ear plugs and tried to go back to sleep. Me, without success because I could still hear that annoying sound.

It did eventually stop at around 5 am and I haven't heard it today, so hopefully it went back to New Guinea or wherever it came from.

The Common Koel

Here is a short video to show you how annoying that sound is. Bad enough during the day but at 3.45 in the morning? Boy that plays havoc with your sanity.

11 comments:

  1. I still love it! In the summertime here sometimes there's a mockingbird that takes up residence at the very top of a nearest tree. He goes through all his melodies. I love waking up to that. But I kinda gotta agree...yours would get annoying a bit.

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  2. Oh my God, My good man

    That's the noise that sends me mad nearly every morning from about 3.30am!! It took me ages to eventually spot my "noise polluter" but what I saw was a black and white version!
    Strange how my creature is never heard or seen in the daylight hours! What do you mean, send it back to PNG - that is too close! Archangel, Russia would be an excellent posting!

    "HB"

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  3. OMG That sounds horrible. Get a gun!

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  4. Sounds like torture. Way worse than having to listen to a faucet drip. Hope it stays away.

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  5. So it moved over to you, that's great! That stupid bird gave me a few sleepless nights as well but not anymore. I feel for you. But don't worry, it'll move soon.

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  6. Dear "Anonymous"

    Well if it moves, it better not come in my direction. I have already erected signs up, pointing in the direction of Archangel, Russia as the final resting place!

    "HB"

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  7. Today when I was outside making wreaths I heard a bird call very much like the Koel, but the call I heard didn't have two notes, just one long note. The bird was off a ways in the forest and it was still fairly loud. I guess we all have noisy birds to deal with.

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  8. To Callie:
    The Koel has a repertoire of songs. This morning at around 4 AM it used a staccato voice (but still monotonous) and the other day it just used a single note. We sleep with ear plugs at the moment but can still hear it. Hopefully it will move soon.

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  9. I listened to the sound of this annoying guest of yours so I can identify if we have that bird around in our vicinity. So far, there seems to be none of this kind. But the sound is quite familiar to me.

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  10. You did a neat job of capturing the bird and the sound. Do they have a natural predator?

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

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  11. Right that little bugger better not be around in Jan or I will start with pebbles and move swiftly up to bullets!

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