OK, I think we are safe from recruiters trying to meet some KPI about reaching out to me about companies that want to hire someone who likes using React more than I do.

Recently there has been some creature(s) that has been making noises in the evening. At first I thought that maybe one of the neighbors have a cat that was yelling, but that didn’t seem quite right. The sound is sort of meow-like, but it’s not exactly a meow.

By now YouTube probably thinks that I have a toddler at home because I have been spending a lot of time searching for the sounds that various animals make. Sound of bobcat. Sound of catbird. Sound of coyote. I’m starting to get ads for various animal sound apps that are meant to entertain children.

The other day I had an idea. I live in the sort of suburb where people do light farming. Lots of chickens and bee hives around here. Maybe someone is keeping some sort of noisy animal in their yard. The noise is at a frequency that I can (mostly) hear with both ears, so I can (mostly) tell what direction it’s coming from. It really seems like it’s coming from a residential neighborhood and not an undeveloped area.

Now my ad-tracking cookies think that I want to know about online streaming services, as I have been searching for information about peacocks (or, as they prefer to be called, peafowl). According to YouTube, the sound seems to match. Then I went to check the best website in the world for answering the question “What’s that sound I hear outside,” and I logged in to Nextdoor. Nothing showed up in the feed, but a search for “peacock” did turn up a post from April where someone found a peacock in her yard. So it seems that there are peacocks peafowl in the neighborhood.

The next thing to do is to go on a wild goose peafowl chase and follow the sound.