BirdNoir: The One That Acquired Away



BirdNoir: The One That Acquired Away

Written by Conor Gearin and Mark Bramhill

That is BirdNoir. I’m Michael Stein, Personal Eye. 

    [music: Teddy Wilson, “As Time Goes By”] 

Of all my sorry tales, the sorriest one is my nemesis chook. That’s what us birders name a species that simply retains supplying you with the slip. Properly, my nemesis chook is the Painted Bunting. An actual gem of a chook — the males have blue heads, inexperienced wings and crimson breasts, and the females are yellow-green.

These birds love open areas: shrubby clearings and overgrown farm fields. I don’t get out of the town a lot, what with my PI work. However at any time when I hear a couple of Painted Bunting round, I seize my binoculars and my fedora and rush out the door. 

[door squeaks open and slams shut]

And I miss it each time. 

Final yr, I acquired phrase of a pair of them within the metropolis cemetery. Because the rain started to pour, I jumped in my automobile and sped throughout city. [car tire screech]

I ran to the pond close to the place the birds had been seen. I requested a close-by birder the place they had been. She pointed to a tree and stated, “Proper there. However wait — I can’t see them anymore!” After which I heard their tune, like a dream fading away:
    [fade music “Le Belle Aurore” from Casablanca]
    [Painted Bunting song, ML 110139, reverb fx]
    [bring up music same as above ]

So I’ve heard, however by no means seen, my nemesis chook. However as I go to sleep I see these Painted Buntings in all their incredible colour. Sometime, I inform myself. Sometime, Michael, you’ll see it sometime…. 

    [Painted Bunting song, ML 110139]


Senior Producer: John Kessler
Content material Director: Allison Wilson
Producer: Mark Bramhill
Managing Producer: Conor Gearin
Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Painted Bunting ML 110139 recorded by J. Bolsinger.
“As Time Goes By” solo piano by Fabio Savelli from his Youtube channel (2011). “La Belle Aurore” from the Casablanca Film Soundtrack Turner Leisure (1943).  
BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
© 2022 BirdNote   June 2022         Narrator: ​​Michael Stein

ID# noir-06-2022-07-25        noir-06



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