Almost since we moved here we have heard a noise very much like a shop or car burglar alarm ... not that loud, but quite close and very persistent. We have been puzzled, as the house has no alarms like that - so we have been thinking our neighbours may have some alarms on the cattle or equipment sheds .... although the times when we hear it doesn't quite square up to when they might be setting alarms. Then one morning (rather than evening, which is when we usually hear the noise) Nollie heard the noise, but from the radio - it was 'Tweet of the day' on Radio 4 and the call of the Scops Owl ... and the sound was identical to what we have been hearing and, from the details of its likely locations and habits it seems we have our very own Scops Owl somewhere on the premises ..... so, we're keeping a very sharp eye out for:
If we do see it, you'll be the first to know!
Simon lives at Nichoir, Le Bruel, with his wife Noella. They moved here in May 2013, with their Newfoundland dog, Oska, and their cat, Snufkin. Together they have set out on an adventure to create what they hope will be home from home for family and a rather special Chambres D'Hotes for guests.
Simon & Noella Mauger, 'Nichoir', Le Bruel, 81340 Lacapelle Pinet, TARN, France