OT Late night animal cries
Twice in the past week we've heard a strange cry from an animal. I can only describe it as what it would sound like if a large bird would do a near-perfect imitiation of a lustily crying infant: a rapid WAH-WAH-WAH no raspiness in the voice, very loud and clear, and at first sounding like a baby crying right under our open windows, but with a slight bird-like sound.
The first time was near dawn, my husband heard it as he was getting dressed, but by the time he got downstairs to look out, it was gone. It happened again last night around 1 a.m., and this time the dogs barked and woke me up, so I heard it too. By the time I got downstairs to look out and try to locate it, the sound had moved farther away from the house and eventually drifted off.
It may have been an animal being attacked, I suppose, but my husband says it was the exact same cry he heard a few days ago. We have a fair amount of wildlife here, including coyotes, though I haven't seen them myself, and lots of wetland habitat.
Has anyone heard something like this, and know what it is?