One of the best things about living in the countryside is the peace and quiet broken only by birdsong.
As I scribble this I can hear some blackbirds, a pigeon or two, a robin, one or two sparrows and a few chaffinches.
However, there is a bird out there that is singing his [or her?] little heart out and I haven’t a clue what it is.
If I had a description, I could look it up on the Interweb. If I had a picture, I could also look it up on the Interweb. But all I have is a sound, and I can’t look that up.
This morning, I stuck a microphone out the window to see it I could capture a bit of the song. It is a very cheap microphone and is designed to be shouted at, at a range of a few inches, so capturing background sound is tricky. The result is mainly just a load of hiss with a hint of song in it.
I played around with the sound I had captured and applied a drop of electronic wizardry. The result is quite different from the original sound. I managed to remove a quare amount of the background clutter and to isolate the bird in question. It’s a little distorted, but still a bit clearer.
It’s a beautiful song – high pitched, bubbly and very melodic.
Anyone got any ideas?