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BabySparrow101 Sunday 17th May 2020 14:32

Bird in distress screaming!? HELP
 
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I woke up this morning, and heard a bird screaming in one of the nearby Evergreen Trees. It was a single note yelp and was very disturbing. We've never heard anything like this before from the birds. There were a bunch of birds flying around it seeming upset, I believe either starlings or grackles. I live on Long Island, NY.

What bird do you think made this noise, and why? Audio recording attached.

andyadcock Sunday 17th May 2020 15:11

Just sounds like a Crow calling to me?

BabySparrow101 Sunday 17th May 2020 15:14

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Originally Posted by andyadcock (Post 4001876)
Just sounds like a Crow calling to me?

Trust me, it was much louder and urgent sounding in person, it wasn’t just a crow call.

The Bird Nuts Sunday 17th May 2020 15:37

Pretty sure it's a Common Raven. They are loud and they have a lot of different calls.

BabySparrow101 Sunday 17th May 2020 15:49

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Originally Posted by The Bird Nuts (Post 4001886)
Pretty sure it's a Common Raven. They are loud and they have a lot of different calls.

Why do you think it sounded so distressed?

andyadcock Sunday 17th May 2020 16:34

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Originally Posted by BabySparrow101 (Post 4001894)
Why do you think it sounded so distressed?

It doesn't sound distressed, this is how they sound when they call.

BabySparrow101 Sunday 17th May 2020 23:53

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Originally Posted by The Bird Nuts (Post 4001886)
Pretty sure it's a Common Raven. They are loud and they have a lot of different calls.

After lots of researching birdcalls all day, I finally pinpointed the exact call! My initial instinct was right the whole time, it’s a type of seagull, Laughing Gull!

fugl Monday 18th May 2020 00:04

So not “screaming“ but “laughing“. . .. ;)

BabySparrow101 Monday 18th May 2020 00:21

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Originally Posted by fugl (Post 4002131)
So not “screaming“ but “laughing“. . .. ;)


Haha yeah!

I’ve never heard a laughing gull before, so it’s typical call sounded distressing to me. It took me all day to figure out, since everyone was saying it’s a raven. Definitely not guys :P I’m pleased with myself though :king:

The Bird Nuts Monday 18th May 2020 01:34

Where is this recording you found? I'm sorry, but your recording sounds nothing like the recordings of Laughing Gulls I found and sounds exactly like a Common Raven.

Listen to these:
https://www.xeno-canto.org/187475
https://www.xeno-canto.org/484155
https://www.xeno-canto.org/481739

Microtus Monday 18th May 2020 01:38

I agree with Bird Nut #1 that the op's call is of a raven.

BabySparrow101 Monday 18th May 2020 01:46

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Originally Posted by The Bird Nuts (Post 4002145)
Where is this recording you found? I'm sorry, but your recording sounds nothing like the recordings of Laughing Gulls I found and sounds exactly like a Common Raven.

Listen to these:
https://www.xeno-canto.org/187475
https://www.xeno-canto.org/484155
https://www.xeno-canto.org/481739

It’s from an Audubon society field guide app, and it matches what I heard in person 100%. It wasn’t a raven

Microtus Monday 18th May 2020 02:00

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Originally Posted by BabySparrow101 (Post 4001857)
I woke up this morning, and heard a bird screaming in one of the nearby Evergreen Trees.

If your bird was screaming *in* an evergreen tree that is near other evergreen trees, it is unlikely to be a Laughing Gull.

nartreb Monday 18th May 2020 03:57

It's also a bit unlikely for small tree-nesting birds to be swarming a laughing gull.

BabySparrow101 Monday 18th May 2020 13:15

Trust me, we have a mall nearby where seagulls flock in huge numbers. Now that it’s closed, it makes sense they’d migrate outside it. I’m 5 minutes from the mall. The call I heard matched it exactly, so my arms are tied.

Richard Prior Monday 18th May 2020 14:04

Well, you’ve made your mind up and resolved the mystery yourself, who needs experts eh? ;););)

andyadcock Monday 18th May 2020 15:15

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Originally Posted by Richard Prior (Post 4002318)
Well, you’ve made your mind up and resolved the mystery yourself, who needs experts eh? ;););)

Amazing how often we see this though.

Richard Prior Monday 18th May 2020 15:40

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Originally Posted by andyadcock (Post 4002351)
Amazing how often we see this though.

You’re too right there Andy, more and more often.

birdmeister Monday 18th May 2020 21:28

Just want to reiterate that the bird in the recording is a Common Raven! They can be shockingly loud and wild-sounding.

A Laughing Gull could be seen over a backyard, especially on Long Island. However, as Microtus and nartreb pointed out, a Laughing Gull in a tree would be nearly impossible. The only North American gull known to perch in trees at ANY time is Bonaparte's Gull, and certainly not when they're migrating through the U.S.

I appreciate that you think you've got the ID, but the grating call is spot on for a raven and a Laughing Gull simply wouldn't be in a tree.

nartreb Tuesday 19th May 2020 06:53

I hadn't even listened to the recording, because I've got a tin ear, but this one really isn't close. The rhythm and pace are all wrong for laughing gull. It sounds very much like a corvid to me, and in fact it's a perfect match for Common Raven as found on xeno-canto.


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