It's been constant for over an hour now and I can't see it, even though it sounds really loud in the garden.
My computer won't play this clip back, can somebody let me know if it's working please.
It's working Deb, i was thinking Bullfinch with the tone but i'm not sure
Thanks Alan - I've just had a walk around the back and found out where it's coming from but can't see it because it sounds like in a bush behind their fence. It's deafening from up there though. I'm just going to run up with my phone to see if I can get a better recording - it literally is whistling away constantly.
ok - I think this is better (less traffic noise). I'm about to go out and really I wanted to make sure that it's not some sort of distress sound. The bird isn't moving around, the sound is coming from the same spot - just can't see the little beggar
Thanks for the early morning bump Alan....can't believe nobody recognises the call. It lasted over 3 hours at that rate. Whatever it was, I hope it's ok.
It doesn't sound like a distress call to me Deb
I'm hopeless at bird sounds (I suffer from tinnitus) but it does have that feeble , wimpy quality that I associate with Bullfinches.
I've listened to it several times but I can't really suggest what it is. A Chaffinch can go on making a persistent call like this.
Click here to play this audio clip
However, I don't think it's a Chaffinch which seems to have a higher pitch than your bird.
I can't open the video Debz. When I click on it the whole thing disappears!
EDIT managed by right clicking and downloading it.
Whatever it is sounds very forlorn.
It's not a video Sparrow it's a quicktime sound file, give it time to see if it loads.
Yep, managed by right clicking. If I just clicked normally the whole thing disappeared.
Following up Galatas' suggestion of Bullfinch, I found this call (on the Xeno-canto website) which is described as a feeding juvenile.
The pitch sounds a bit closer to your bird but I'm not at all sure.
This is what my app has as alternate Bullfinch call.
Thank you all for your comments and for taking the trouble to find sounds. I'm having great trouble playing back recordings and as I'm absolutely tone deaf I am completely useless at differentiating between bird sounds. Hubby has constant tinnitus, following a head injury earlier this year, so he's no better. Using a mixture of mobile phone and ipod we have been able to compare the sounds on here. When I thought about being tone deaf and how that's no help at all - I realised that my youngest might be good at this as he is really musical. His opinion is that although my bird has a lower pitch than Bob's 'alternative bullfinch' the pattern of the call is the same - and that after only listening once. I'm still none the wiser, but am willing to accept that this was possibly a bullfinch, which is really odd as I've never seen one anywhere around here.