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BobT

Trying to Identify a Bird

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I'm not a birder but I have been hearing a bird around here that I've been trying to identify. As it flies a little above the treetops it makes a sound similar to someone drawing a bow across a hand saw while wobbling the saw rapidly as in whoop...whoop...whoop...whoop... It's not a very large bird, maybe about the size of a robin but I've never been able to see it come to land so I can't describe its color.

Sorry I can't provide any more detail.  

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you might be hearing the dive of the american woodcock.  maybe.  but they are usually up pretty high and when they dive it makes the woop woop woop woop sound.  really neat.  I always wondered what bird made that sound and one day I heard one so I grabbed the binocs and sure enough, american woodcock. 

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you might be hearing the dive of the american woodcock.  maybe.  but they are usually up pretty high and when they dive it makes the woop woop woop woop sound.  really neat.  I always wondered what bird made that sound and one day I heard one so I grabbed the binocs and sure enough, american woodcock. 

I doubt it would be a woodcock in this area. At least I've never seen them around here.

Edit: for fun I searched woodcock sounds and that isn't it. 

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the woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo  sound is fast and close together that I have heard many times.

 

It's fast. About three to four woops per second. 

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I think I have it figured out. Probably a Wilsons Snipe. I always get them and the woodcock mixed up, they look a lot alike.   I also get other things mixed up... just ask my wife. lol

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cool, now take me fishin.  ;)

 

The sound I hear now is......crickets.......

 

 

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