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To paraphrase Joe Orton, will prick up mine ears, Peter !

On 4 November 2012 12:00, P <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Mostly detective dramas, esp. BBC as in Inspector Lewis and Midsomer
> Murders, that kind of thing. It is always the same kind of call, very
> consistent on the rare occasions that it occurs. It certainly adds to the
> feeling of suspense, but never appears and is never a part of the plot. I
> just assumed it is a common nocturnal bird. I think if it were an animal
> other than a bird the sound wouldn't be so consistent
> Thanks,
> P. M.
>
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> David Boyd <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Not immediately familiar with this motif, Peter - which particular drama
> is it?
>
> If it's a bird, at night, the usual culprits are owls, either tawny or
> barn owls, or even swifts or oystercatchers.
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> Is it certain that it's a bird - foxes for example and even domestic cats
> can make some bloodcurdling noises.
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> On 4 November 2012 00:23, P <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> David or anyone else on the list who might know, I watch a lot of British
>> drama. Inevitably, when there is a suspenseful night scene, a bird will
>> call from a distance with a sound a bit like a person being stabbed, or
>> perhaps like a bat out of hell. Any idea what that bird might be?
>> Thanks,
>> Peter M.
>>
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