night bird sound?

cofeidiAugust 10, 2009

I was camping this weekend in Southeastern MN (Lansboro) and kept awake by a strange bird sound. I assume it was a bird because I could tell it was up in the tree and seemed to be moving from tree to tree. The sound would be far and then near. I think there were at least two birds.

The sound was not at all pleasant and not rythmic. It started high and got higher and then ended. I would describe it as a screech, but I listened to the sound of a screech owl and that wasn't even close. This was far more annoying. The sound went on and on through the night (until a storm hit). Can anyone give me any clues as to what kind of bird it is?

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joepyeweed(5b IL)

Tree frogs

    Bookmark   August 13, 2009 at 4:48PM
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alyciaadamo(3/4)

Whippoorwill?

Here is a link that might be useful: sound of a whippoorwill

    Bookmark   August 17, 2009 at 12:34AM
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alyciaadamo(3/4)

don't forget to turn up your speakers the sound is on the page

    Bookmark   August 17, 2009 at 12:37AM
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cofeidi

I listened to the whippoorwill and that is far too pleasant in comparison to the one I heard that night. This bird was more like a shreak ( I checked shreak owl). It made a continuous (shreak) sound for 2 or 3 seconds. and then repeated with no rythm. It went on for a couple of hours.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2009 at 9:28AM
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mia27

It's a Turkey Vulture. There are always more than one in the same area. I have seen up to 46 at once. They do sound creepy at night. I am still not used to it.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 12:35AM
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Elly_NJ(NJ z6)

Turkey vultures don't screech.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 2:50PM
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surya55_gw

If you were anywhere near water/marsh/bog, etc. it may be water birds such as limpkins, etc.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 6:55PM
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sharonsflorida(9a)

Here we have baby barred owls that do that. They move through the trees getting food from their mom -so the sound moves closer and further as they feed and look for mom. They make a strange hissing /screeching sound.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 6:33AM
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cushing1961(8 almost 9)

we have a Chuck Wills Widow that we hear every night for the past few years ... could this possibly be what you heard? Under the tab that says SOUND you can click the button to hear the call. There are other bird calls on that site too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sound of Chuck Wills Widow

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 8:47PM
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