Tuesday 19 November 2019

Not to be confused with the Great Tit

Eamonn Sweeney

Eamonn Sweeney

Hello and welcome to this week's episode of Sweeney Goes Wild.

We'll start by seeing if you can recognise this common field bird by its song. Can you hear that? It's a high-pitched plaintive screeching cry, a familiar sound of the Irish spring. And summer. And autumn and winter. Let's listen a bit more closely. "I honestly think that referees have something in for myself. It's sort of 'I'll sort Davy out'. That's the story."

Recognise it?

Yes, it's the Blue Fitz, also known as the Whingeing Davy or, to give it the proper scientific name, Bannerus Giveoutica. Well done. You're probably also familiar with its other song, wonderfully captured last summer on an RTE wildlife programme, the one which goes, "fuckfuckfuckfuck."

Scientists are puzzled by the Blue Fitz's song as, beautiful though it is, it doesn't seem to make any sense at all. The most popular theory is that the high-pitched whine is used to protect itself against predators who might devour the poor creature when we reach the summer, the likes of the Ruddy Cheeked Cody, the Red Ryan and the Rebel Jimmy, which ornithologists are very excited about because it's just been sighted on our shores again after a ten-year absence.

It's also been suggested that the bird is pining for its former mate, the Great Dalo, which has left its rural habitat and begun nesting in cities. Though there are those who argue that the Blue Fitz merely likes to hear the sound of its own voice.

Anyway, that's all we have time for. Tune in next week when our panel will be discussing why the Western Tribesman is such an impressive fledgling but fails to thrive on reaching maturity, whether the Yellow Bellied Disappointment is in danger of extinction and if there's any way of stopping sneak attacks on the Red Ryan by birds from the same family.

Byeeeeee.

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