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crowellli
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 12, 2012
12:12 PM

Post #9238999

I am spending the summer in Washington state. I am familiar with the birds at home (Texas) and can identify most by sound alone, but up here is a different thing. I have bald eagles roosting in the back garden, which is pretty amazing. There are lots of ravens too. Early every morning and late in the evening, I'm hearing a bird that I can't visually locate and I can't identify by sound. The first time I heard it, I didn't think it was a bird, but am now positive it is. The bird sounds like two angry cats in a bag, fighting. I'm serious, this is very much what it sounds like. Does anyone know of a bird that makes this type of noise. It's driving me nuts trying to find it and identify it.

Thanks for any help.
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Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 12, 2012
3:53 PM

Post #9239224

What habitat is it in?
crowellli
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 13, 2012
12:10 AM

Post #9239623

I'm on a small peninsula. There is Pacific Ocean on one side, harbor on other. Large old growth coniferous forest surrounds the house.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 13, 2012
8:51 AM

Post #9239964

Crowellli - You may already be familiar with "enature", but if not it might be a fun place to start. They have an astounding number of birds and other wildlife in their field guide all separated by category. You can listen to the bird songs and also many of the other wildlife sounds, like frogs and toads.

You can really narrow your search by putting in your zip code...although I think it works better if you do that after going into each category, rather than on the home page...for instance, click on "birds", then click on "all birds". At that point you can add your zip code or region at the top of the page.

Don't know if this will be at all useful in this instance, but even if it's not, it's a pretty cool site, anyways.

http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/
crowellli
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 13, 2012
12:30 PM

Post #9240210

Nuts, thanks for the site info. I will check that one out immeiately.

I did a Google search and saw that another person in Washington had posted the exact same question about a bird that sounded like cats fighting. They got wild answers like Australian Raven, Catbird, and even Mockingbird. I know it's not a Mockingbird or Catbird. It could possibly be one of the many ravens here, but if it is, I've never known them to make that kind of sound.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 13, 2012
2:12 PM

Post #9240316

You're Welcome! I hope it's somewhat helpful.

Listen to a Barn Owl, also. It may be totally different from what you're hearing, but they actually sound like someone screaming and I believe they're in your area.

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