Calling all Ornithologists

There's a bird I hear often (particularly in the morning), outside my flat (urban area), in the woods (broad leafed trees), out in the country, but I've never spotted the bird itself.

It makes a rapid two-tone call, like a squeaky toy being squeezed: "dee-do-dee-do-dee-do-dee-do". 

It's quite loud and clear, not a timid tweety sound.

I have looked up and listened to so far are:

Chiffchaff
Great Tit
Firecrest
Goldcrest

It's none of them.

Any ideas?

Comments

  • police car in the distance ?
  • Not round here - they just use the helicopter!

  • Maybe I've got a stalker who carries a squeaky toy around....image
  • if it sounds like a squeaky hinge it's a Great Tit - although they do have other songs as well but the squeaky hinge is the most common at this time of year.

    check out the RSPB site for the birds mentioned and Blue Tit, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Wren as well - the site has song recordings for all the birds on the relevant species page

    Wren's for such a tiny bird are remarkably noisy!
  • We used to have a wren nest near our first flat, they are sooo loud for a tiny bird!
  • I think you're right about the Great Tit, FB.

    I checked it out on a different site yesterday (as I see them quite a lot), and it didn't sound like it - but the sound on the RSPB site does image

    Ta!  I knew I could rely on the forum image

  • It was a Liverbird.
    I knew I'd track you down eventually.... image
  • Well it's nice to know I've got Great Tits image
  • Its a Coal Tit.
    Its about 3 inches long, pinky and dull on the body, black head with a white square on the back of its head. They like conifers a lot.
  • I've got one in the back garden that sings in the tree-top all day long, it goes

    twee da lee da lee, twee da lee da lee

    twee da lee da lee, twee da lee da lee,

    Any ideas ?

  • I'm not really bothered WHAT is singing in the trees but they're so frigging loud I'd rather listen to a burglar alarm image
  • that's about the saddest post I've ever read on these forums LB. really.

    sure birds can be loud and raucous at this time of year - their song might as well simply be "shag, shag, who's up for a shag?" but to say you're rather listen to a burglar alarm?? sheesh...

    even tongue in cheek you must have thought that thought. I feel sorry for you. I really do.

    Plodder - possibly Chaffinch or Robin. check the RSPB site.
  • Seriously FB, it is affecting my sleep. At least with the alarm someone will turn it off.
    It's DEAFENING if you've got the windows open. And it's not as if I live in a forest.
  • But yes, I HAVE thought 'those birds are getting more than me'.... image

    It starts at 3am and goes on until 7. Then my neighbour lets his bastard dog out in the garden and we have to listen to THAT yap constantly all day long. So there is nowhere to hide from animal sounds. I have genuinely wanted to pop his mutt but he's an old bloke and it's his only company. All the neighbours hate it.
  • nope - still find that very sad sorry.

    I'd rather bird song disturbed my sleep than anything man made.

    we have a blackbird giving it full throttle at around 4am every morning and I could gladly shoot the little fecker but I'd still rather hear that than road noise or similar. our birds are in rapid decline, so how sad it would be to live in a world with no bird song?

  • One more random bird noise - there's what I suspect to be a duck that quacks in a manner that sounds like a comedy laugh.

    sort of Quaaaaaack quaaack quaack quack, down a descending scale.

    OK, I know I look a bit odd running, but really, there's no need for the wildlife to laugh at me. Let me know what it is. I may see if the local shoot would care to take them out for me image

  • that sounds like a Mallard (the common duck you see on ponds) - they have a cackling laughter sound.
  • We had a whole family of mallards sitting on the doorstep once. I have no idea what they wanted! Do they often come knocking on random houses? We're not even near a pond!
  • Ta FB.

    *toddles off feeling not at all guilty about that duck we had on Sunday*

  • Been out again today; after training though, and the OP bird was in fact a Great Tit. The bird that goes twee da lee da lee, is a Coal Tit.
    Never mind LB, they soon shut up as soon as they have established their territories and are nesting. My wife is of the same opinion of morning birdsong, she slams the window shut calling them noisy b.st..ds.
  • Helen Liz, Sounds like a Green Woodpecker aka a yaffle.
  • not a Yaffle RicF - they don't make a "quacking" noise, although I could understand the confusion - theirs' is a much more a high pitched "yak, yak, yak" noise. a very distinctive sound (and bobbing flight when they're usually making it).
  • fat buddha wrote (see)
    that's about the saddest post I've ever read on these forums LB. really. sure birds can be loud and raucous at this time of year - their song might as well simply be "shag, shag, who's up for a shag?" but to say you're rather listen to a burglar alarm?? sheesh... even tongue in cheek you must have thought that thought. I feel sorry for you. I really do. Plodder - possibly Chaffinch or Robin. check the RSPB site.
    RicF wrote (see)
    Been out again today; after training though, and the OP bird was in fact a Great Tit. The bird that goes twee da lee da lee, is a Coal Tit. Never mind LB, they soon shut up as soon as they have established their territories and are nesting. My wife is of the same opinion of morning birdsong, she slams the window shut calling them noisy b.st..ds.
    Ploddersoftheworldunite wrote (see)

    I've got one in the back garden that sings in the tree-top all day long, it goes

    twee da lee da lee, twee da lee da leetwee da lee da lee, twee da lee da lee,Any ideas ?

    Well done FB, it is a robin, 'Rockin' Robin to be precise, lyric taken from the classic rock 'n roll number by Bobby Day. Recorded around 1958 for those of us old enough to remember.

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