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    Default Questin for the birders among us.

    While camping htis last week, I heard a bird call that I have never heard before. Hard to describe
    kind like a high pitched, soft "bow wow" followed by a chuckle that sounded similar to the
    "tick tock" sounds you make with your tounge- more on the tock side varying in pitch.

    Anyone have any links to a good site that I might be able to find out what this was?
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    Default Re: Questin for the birders among us.

    I know is a long shot, but this site might be of use http://www.xeno-canto.org/
    I'm on the wrong side of the pond, so cannot help though.

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    Default Re: Questin for the birders among us.

    You could try here: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/page.aspx?pid=1059 It takes awhile to fully load that page, for some reason. Anyway, it is pretty difficult to ID a sound, IMHO. They sell CDs with bird sounds, and some nice apps for tablets/smartphones, but what is one to do, listen to all the sounds till you find the one you heard?? There is also a pretty expensive device that will ID a bird song in the field: http://www.amazon.com/Birdsong-Ident.../dp/B00024M5WA and I also see some ipad and android apps that purport to do it too: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bird...681091523?mt=8 I suppose that since smartphones and tablets have a microphone, they might be up to it. Of course, this wouldn't help after the fact, as in your case. Good luck!
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    Default Re: Questin for the birders among us.

    I would suggest compiling a list of what is around at this time, (ask some local birders) and then go through the xenocanto (or other) site and see if something checks out.
    I was once able to identify a bird like that. It went "CHICK!-WEEEeee-ooo!" I posted the description on the BirdForum, got a couple of good hints, and found the exact sound on the Black Woodpecker page.

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    When I am in doubt I always use whatbird.com those guys are pretty good
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    I agree with Daniel and Jim above.

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