Long, mid-High pitched call... almost like a locust, but it was a bird

by Terry
(Newcastle, Washington)

We live on the cusp of Issaquah, Newcastle and Renton Highlands in Washington.

I heard a very different bird this morning from my living room. I had to go out to see what the sound was because it was pretty loud. I looked around then saw it, way up in a tree. It was about the size of a Robin, but it wasn't a Robin. It was fairly dark outside, but the bird looked to be medium color... not light and not dark.

It flew away before I could get a good look at it. =(

It had a long, drawn out call, like a locust sound! Not piercing, but definitely high pitched and a little scratchy... not a smooth shrill sound.

I've never seen or heard this bird... do you know what it could have been?

Thanks! Tah

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Long, mid-High pitched call... almost like a locust, but it was a bird

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Mar 20, 2012
by: Josh

I too have heard this but only in the mornings, as it wakes me up. They have been here for over a month now. Odd since in the 7 years here I have never heard them till now. I am in Vancouver and I dont know what they are and havent seen them.

Mar 20, 2012
Spring arrival
by: Bawsyonboy

Tis the varied thrush.

Mar 04, 2011
Varied Thrush
by: Susan

Judy has solved the mystery! Go to
Mystery Solved

Feb 15, 2011
I may have heard it, too.
by: Judy

Terry, I live in the Fairwood area of Renton. This morning (Valentine's Day), I woke up to this long bird call that is so different. I hear it every spring for a few days, then it's gone. I have never seen the bird though. It's usually in the conifer trees. The call I am hearing has 2 parts. The first part is a long ascending 'whistle' and the second part is a long descending note with almost a hollow sound to it. Does that sound like what you heard? I'd love to find out what it is.

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