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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 12:01 PM
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I need an ID for a nocturnal bird call
I've heard this bird for several nights at about 11PM. The call starts out with a type of guttural cough that is repeated several times, followed by a liquid trill that is again repeated several times, followed by a creak somewhat like a red-wing blackbird that is repeated several times. The bird repeated the entire pattern several times at intervals of a few minutes over the course of about half an hour.

At first I took the initial cough for a fox bark. The trill reminded me of a peacock.


This is in Upstate New York, Oswego County in an area of second growth woods with some open fields. It is right along the bank of the Oswego River.

Is this someone's peacock I'm hearing? Could it be a mockingbird this late at night?
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semillama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 05:18 PM
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1. Mockingbirds are known to sing all night, so that could be it.n/t
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-11-09 04:42 PM
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2. That must be it then. It's the combination of songs that's fascinating.
We used to have a neighbor that whistled for his cat. Wouldn't you know it, a mockingbird picked up that whistle!
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semillama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-11-09 09:34 PM
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3. Mockers in urban areas have been known to mimic the following:
-car alarms
-cell phone ringtones
-dogs barking
-sirens

and so on...
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-11-09 09:56 PM
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4. My husband encountered a bird in Seoul, South Korea
which does an uncanny imitation of a bomb dropping.
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