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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Jun 30, 2018
Near Bronte, Texas NEW
by: Renee

I heard several of these birds this morning. Sounded like locust. They were about 30 yards away and did not get a good look at them. They were on a fence and were very active flying back & forth to a tree

Apr 01, 2013
bird shrill long and high pitched NEW
by: Anonymous

Town of Home,Washington. we have been hearing this bird for a month and at different times of the day but never before. We cannot see the bird but we live with lots of trees. It is mating time so we wondered if it is a mating call. Long shrill and high pitched. It really sounds like a whistle at the beginning.

Apr 01, 2013
bird shrill long and high pitched NEW
by: Anonymous

Town of Home,Washington. we have been hearing this bird for a month and at different times of the day but never before. We cannot see the bird but we live with lots of trees. It is mating time so we wondered if it is a mating call. Long shrill and high pitched. It really sounds like a whistle at the beginning.

Mar 20, 2012
Annoying!!!
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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