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Old Sunday 17th May 2020, 14:32   #1
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Exclamation Bird in distress screaming!? HELP

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.
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Old Sunday 17th May 2020, 15:11   #2
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Just sounds like a Crow calling to me?
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Old Sunday 17th May 2020, 15:14   #3
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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.
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Old Sunday 17th May 2020, 15:37   #4
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Pretty sure it's a Common Raven. They are loud and they have a lot of different calls.
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Old Sunday 17th May 2020, 15:49   #5
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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?
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Why do you think it sounded so distressed?
It doesn't sound distressed, this is how they sound when they call.
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Old Sunday 17th May 2020, 23:53   #7
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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!

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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 00:04   #8
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So not “screaming“ but “laughing“. . ..
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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
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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
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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 01:38   #11
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I agree with Bird Nut #1 that the op's call is of a raven.
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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 01:46   #12
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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
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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.
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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 03:57   #14
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It's also a bit unlikely for small tree-nesting birds to be swarming a laughing gull.
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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 13:15   #15
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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.
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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 14:04   #16
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Well, you’ve made your mind up and resolved the mystery yourself, who needs experts eh?
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Well, you’ve made your mind up and resolved the mystery yourself, who needs experts eh?
Amazing how often we see this though.
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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 15:40   #18
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Amazing how often we see this though.
You’re too right there Andy, more and more often.
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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.
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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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