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Bird mimicking car alarm on Westwood Park
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Post: #1
27-04-2013 09:18 AM

Can anyone give a confident identification of the bird that's been mimicking a car alarm on Westwood Park for the last week? From the silhouette and size it looks like a starling, and the range of noises it's been making are consistent with a starling's voice. It's been in the area between the junction with Tewkesbury Avenue, the Horniman Gardens and the nature trail.

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27-04-2013 12:57 PM

It probably is a starling, as they are excellent mimics. There was one near Catford Station that did a mean impression of a phone ringing.

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27-04-2013 04:59 PM

Is that what it is?! For such a small thing it makes a big noise and has woken me up around 4am for the last couple of weeks Cursing

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28-04-2013 12:03 PM

Could also be a song thrush; there has been one singing (very much like a car alarm in some of the repetitive phrases) consistently for several weeks near the Horniman triangle area and i've occasionally seen it perched high in tall trees (they like a high spot to sing from) around Sydenham Rise/Hill.

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28-04-2013 10:23 PM

It certainly is loud, but rather musical in a way. I think the head shape was more like a starling's, slightly pointed rather than rounded like a thrush, but I don't know really. Hope to get a better view of it.

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