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Offline sprucebunny

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Help ID bird by sound ?
« on: May 09, 2017, 08:41:09 am »
Whip-poor-wills are common here but this bird gets up even earlier… when the very first hint of light comes to the sky. The sound is complicated with 2-3 different sounds going. One is a repeated click and another is a whoop. I only hear it in the morning at about 3:30. Don't hear it any other time.

I've been around the web and listened to all sorts of nightjars ( the whippoorwill family) and nighthawks. I don't know what family to try next… it doesn't sound like any owl I've ever heard.

Got any ideas ???
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Re: Help ID bird by sound ?
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2017, 09:04:43 am »
You should be able to record it and maybe an app to identity the noise ? I'll ask a friend who does it .
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Re: Help ID bird by sound ?
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2017, 12:13:51 pm »
Sounds like it could be a Mud Hen or a Heron!
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Re: Help ID bird by sound ?
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2017, 12:16:57 pm »
Cornell has an online bird call library.
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Re: Help ID bird by sound ?
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Re: Help ID bird by sound ?
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2017, 07:40:53 pm »
Thanks for the ideas. I've listened to a lot of things at that Cornell website but nothing combines the clicking with a call. Also the habitats are a little off.

Haven't figured out how to record it. I'll try to rise to a more alert state of mind when it starts up at 3:30 tomorrow morning  :)
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Re: Help ID bird by sound ?
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2017, 07:50:01 pm »
We had a mocking bird that would go at it on full moon or near full moon nights.  He had about 5 or 6 songs.  From what I read, he will pickup whatever is in the area and try to impress a female with his repertoire.
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Re: Help ID bird by sound ?
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2017, 08:09:42 pm »
Does it sound like a Chucks Wills Widow?
I recorded this one 2008.
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Re: Help ID bird by sound ?
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2017, 07:32:16 am »
Might be a yellow billed cuckoo…I didn't know we had this bird in New England.
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-billed_Cuckoo/id

But the sound isn't quite right. I didn't hear it this morning, just the whippoorwills. Guess I'm giving up until I hear it again.

The clicking noise is like some of the rails make but nothing seems to make the clicking noise and a whoop all at once. Wrong habitat and location for rails.
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Re: Help ID bird by sound ?
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2017, 09:25:14 pm »
Have you listened to the noise of a woodcock ?
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Re: Help ID bird by sound ?
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2017, 03:52:25 am »
Barred owls can make a wide range of strange sounds.  Gary
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Re: Help ID bird by sound ?
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2017, 06:29:22 am »
Yes, I listened to the woodcock, barred owl ( northern saw-whet owl was more similar) and bear noises.
None of them have the clicking noise like a rail makes.

I haven't heard it again so I have to guess it was something that was migrating and stopped to visit the wooded vernal pool across the road.
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Re: Help ID bird by sound ?
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2017, 04:06:16 pm »
Are you near marsh, and possibly an American bittern?

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