A new sound along the Chesapeake Bay

by Diane
(Shady Side Maryland)

I live along the Chesapeake Bay, approximately 20 miles south of annapolis. We have open water and marsh in this area. Question. I've heard something new, but I can't catch a glimpse visually.The month is mid September.

The voice is a distinct two tone, high note first, lower note second. It is loud, very clear and not repeated as an ongoing song. Two distinct notes. Pause. Two distinct notes. No warbling or chirping. Can you give me an idea what this may be so I can try to research more? I've only heard it twice, once mid-day and once early evening.
Thanks much. Any help w/b appreciated.

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Sep 23, 2012
New sound along Chesapeake Bay
by: Diane

Thanks Susan. I'll google that bird's song and see if it's the one. Good description! I failed to mention in the original posting that the sound did come from a tree, not the marsh or water although that's very close by. I'll let you know if that's the one. Thanks again. /d

Sep 22, 2012
American Bittern
by: Susan

This may sound crazy, but does it sound like a toilet plunger? An American Bittern has 2 distinct notes, which I can only describe as my previous reference. I've heard them many times, but have never seen them.

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