Exotic Birds In Great Britain

Dick Turpin

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A few nights ago I was sitting up watching late night TV, and heard what I can only describe as an exotic bird, it was loud and sounded to be just beyond the back door in my back garden - It was the sort of sound that you may hear, if you visited the bird house in your local zoo.

Not wanting to open the door, I grabbed a torch and shone it through the glass, and saw the outline of something quite large sitting on the branches of an olive tree, just a few yards away.

I couldn’t see any detail as the torchlight wasn’t bright enough, but there was definitely something perching there.

I then heard my cat meow, so shone the torch downwards and saw him clawing at the glass to come in, I opened the door just enough for the cat to squeeze through, closed it then shone the torch back to the direction of the tree, but whatever was there had gone.

I reasoned that the large bird had chased my predatory cat away, while protecting it’s nest.

I didn’t imagine it, as my eldest Daughter asked me about the bird like noise the next morning, and as stated above I have only heard anything like this in a Zoo or whilst watching wildlife programmes being filmed in warmer parts of the world.

Do we have exotic birds living wild in the British Isles, and if not what could it have been…?
 

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Yes, I'm thinking peacock. Also, large owls don't only go Twit-Twoo.

Neat experience, especially the independent confirmation from your daughter.

Could have been a Roc of course....
 

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Green Parakeets are an invasive species and fairly common in the south of england now. in london they're everywhere. and quite noisy. though i doubt one would scare the cat much. maybe it was a native bird of prey? like the above mentioned owl? i heard a red kite crying this morning and it was weird because they don't usually make a noise around here. peacocks as pets do escape and go feral sometimes. you'll soon know if theres a peacock in your neighbourhood.....
 

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Thanks for the replies. I’m on the train going home at the mo, but I’ll review the noises of the different species when I get home and see which one comes close.
TTFN
 
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