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Wild bird sound, West Virginia (1 Viewer)


I live in the Northeast, in West Virginia. Last night, around 3:30AM, I heard an animal (I'm assuming it was a bird) making the strangest sound I've ever heard, something I've never heard before in over 21 years living here. I can't even begin to explain the sound, except that it sounded more like something you would hear in the Amazon than in West Virginia, so I"m attaching a link to the audio recording I made of it.

Whatever was making the sound, there was one very near where I was standing recording from, and there were several others at various distances a little further away, all of them seemingly responding to each other, and occasionally they would all sort of crescendo in this wild cacophony that was both amusing and somewhat horrifying!

 I really hope someone here can identify this for me, because I haven't been able to get the utter strangeness of it out of my head all day. I've always considered myself quite familiar with the fauna around here, but this just has me baffled. Here's the audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rspl0hjSo54

Thanks in advance!


Those are Barred Owls.

Wow, really?! I had no idea that they made such an exotic range of sounds. I've heard many owls here through the years, but I've never heard anything beyond your traditional kinds of hoots, and the "hoot hoot hoot hoot, who hoots for you". But the really high pitch stuff many off them were making at the end just totally through me, never heard anything like that before. Incredible
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