insert [seagulls crying] here!
June 11, 2011 1:53 PM Subscribe
Why are there birdcalls looping in my neighborhood?
posted by amestar_runner to grab bag (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
This is perhaps going to sound crazy, but in the two different (multi-year) occasions I've lived in my current neighborhood (super close to the Twin City Plaza in Somerville/Inman Square) I've heard the same looping track of bird calls over and over and over again, day in and day out.
Google searches of things like "looping birdcalls" and "cambridge bird calls" and "recorded bird noises bird watching" etc. aren't producing anything helpful, and I'm finally just dying to know why this is happening.
- The calls in question are in 5-20 second bursts, different birds, in a track that maybe lasts a minute or two long
- The track itself repeats a couple times on the hour, but I'm not entirely sure - I've honestly never paid attention long enough to count how many times this happens. I do hear it multiple times (5+) a day, however.
- I recognize the bird calls as local birds, specifically some seagulls, a hawk, and then (what I assume) are some sparrows and other local sea-birds.
- I can say with 100% certainty that these are recordings - the calls are identical every time, so it's not like I'm just hearing the neighborhood birds, of which there are also many. (Not to mention, I'm not on the water, so there are no seagulls nearby to be making sounds repeatedly!)
- I specifically notice it when the weather is warm enough that I leave my windows open, and it's clearly from somewhere nearby, though I have no idea where it's coming from. It could run all winter long, but I don't really know, and I never hear this from street-level, only from a couple stories up.
- This has been going on for years. YEARS.
What I'm dying to find out:
1. Is this some sort of birdcalling thing to attract local birds for someone's birdwatching pleasure? Or something else completely random?
2. Does this happen in other places, or is there some neighborhood loon who is just blasting these over and over again?
3. Regardless of whether or not this is a common occurrence, can anyone local identify who or what owns this? I'd understand, maybe, if I was somewhere less urban or if there was a research station nearby, but I'm in a residential neighborhood and there's almost no wildlife or even trees nearby...so this seems kind of strange.