Night bird that gives one whistle.

by Mireille McKell
(Chillicothe, OH)

This bird gives one long high-pitched whistle every 20 t0 60 seconds. We live in the country with various kinds of trees around our house. This whistling started around the first of August and we hear it every night. It comes from several of the trees near our home. We usually only hear one bird calling at a time, but from different trees. We hear it when we wake up in the night, and it is still calling early in the morning when it is light outside, but stops very soon after. I don't remember hearing it other years. We have lived here 35 years; maybe we just weren't paying attention other years!

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May 12, 2017
Whistling Bird
by: Anonymous

I live in the country in SW Michigan. Got up to let dogs outside and I heard the oddest sound. It sounded like someone or thing was whistling the exact same note every 10-20 seconds. This is a first. What is it?

Apr 25, 2017
Correction to first sentence
by: Pam

Sorry, I meant, "whistle" not "while" in the first sentence.

Apr 25, 2017
Whistles same note almost at one second intervals! A baby bird that's hungry?
by: Pam

Well the whistle is the same high pitched note. The bird begins around 9pm or so. The interval between chirps is tiny and Nonstop!! Then it rests about 20 seconds and starts again....Help! Could it be an orphaned bird? Now it's almost a frantic whistle. Where's Sherlock Holmes when you need him!?

Apr 25, 2017
Whistles same note almost at one second intervals! A baby bird that's hungry?
by: Pam

Well the while is the same high pitched note. The bird begins around 9pm or so. The interval between chirps is tiny and Nonstop!! Then it rests about 20 seconds and starts again....Help! Could it be an orphaned bird? Now it's almost a frantic whistle. Where's Sherlock Holmes when you need him!?

Apr 22, 2017
Same bird in South Central Kansas
by: Anonymous

One, long, sustained note - I'm hearing one bird with one pitch and another answers with same type of whistle only at a lower pitch. None of the answers posted here sound like what I'm hearing!

Mar 19, 2017
In the UK too
by: Terry

I thought at first someone was blowing a whistle
A single note always identical and about 30 to 60 seconds Appart.It was around midnight

This is in the UK, first time I have ever heard it and I'm 52, I also hunt and fish so am used to the countryside.
It's driving me insane

Mar 04, 2017
Fisher Mn, And I hear it too.
by: Anonymous

It's only at night. It's one pitch. I've found an almost matching tone for the Golden Crowned Sparrow, but it doesn't change notes. It's just one long one. I originally thought it was just the wind,(it's windy here everyday) But I only hear it at night.

Golden Crowned Sparrow

Nov 27, 2016
I saw the bird
by: Anonymous

I heard the same whistle every night, until one day it came crashing down the window, its a night bird,its an owl type, we took care of it and set it free days later, i still hear it sometimes, but i forgot the name

Nov 11, 2016
eny idea..?
by: Anonymous

Im in KZN Newcastle ..have been hearing the same daughter told me about the noise ..has enyone seen how it look very anxious to knoe what this bird is

Sep 17, 2016
Low-medium, one nite call whistle
by: Anonymous

I've been hearing a medium to low whistle this summer that's new to our yard. It's almost along the same pitch as a morning dove though it's not a coo. It's definitely a single whistle with a 5-7second delay in between.

Sound familiar to anyone?

Aug 28, 2016
Night Whistle
by: mary

Just heard this "sound" one whistle - intermittent 1 a.m. late august in southwestern Ontario Canada. Anyone ever identify it?

Aug 13, 2016
One whistle every 20 second.
by: Anonymous PH

Im here at Philippines. I hear this sound from August 12-14 every night. I don't know what bird it is but may be it is a pokemon. Seriously we need to know what it is because it totally bothers me every night when it whistle.

Jul 28, 2016
Very clear /high
by: Anonymous

None of the YouTube vids match what I'm hearing. Most of you are describing it the way I would though. One very high-pitched, loud & clean sounding whistle... one note! I live up a hill from White River in Indiana, and hear it every night from my front porch around 11 to midnight (like several said) with approx 20 seconds between whistles, and always the same note. No warble. Not really what I would describe as a screech either. Seems to come from high in the trees. Sure is driving me batty! HEY! I hadn't thought of it being a bat! ????

Jul 27, 2016
Night bird that gives one whistle
by: Anonymous

We live in NE Ohio on edge of woods. Trying to figure out whether this is a bird or insect! Gives one quick whistle, sounds like when a human whistles for a dog, then pauses for anywhere from 10 seconds to 2 minutes. Just started hearing it about a week or two ago. Any ideas!!??

Jul 13, 2016
Night whistle mystery solved
by: didntsleepfor48hours

This same exact "call" kept my wife and I up ALL night the other evening. Every google search and discussion like this one I found held no answer at all. "Owl" kept coming to mind but no recording matched. Then! An epiphany! Babies! Our "whistler" is a baby Barred Owl!

Apr 21, 2016
Eastern Screech Owl
by: Elaine

I heard this call last night, 1 a.m. sharp. The bird was on my window sill and flew away silently when I got up to look out. About blue jay size, no obvious markings, lighter than black, it was sitting on its bent legs leaning forward, calling out toward the street. It did sound just like this Eastern Screech Owl posted by Anonymous. A long high one note whistle, repeated at intervals.

Its silhouette shape was like a plump sitting bird without a noticeable neck. When it flew, there was no wing sound.

We live on the Space Coast, Florida, and have heard a pair of these calling back and forth in the trees this time of year.

Mar 03, 2016
Bird Whistle
by: Holly

Buffalo Tx. I have several here too. Only at night. Its a whistle like one would call their dog. I whistle they answer. What is it??

Feb 18, 2016
One whistle bird
by: Anonymous

It would not be a mockingbird, since they compulsively sing a variety of songs. It is more likely a raptor. Go to Cornell Lab Ornithology online and click on Hawks and see if you can identify the sound. I've been trying to identify a bird song in my backyard for two years. It is the first bird up in the morning and it has a loud whistle followed by a trill. It almost sounds like the birds is singing Weeee-ahhhhh. I haven't seen it but I hear it and I've gone through every bird sound on the internet and can't find it. Good luck with your whistler. Let us know if you figure it out.

Jan 13, 2016
one note night bird
by: Anonymous

I'm listening to a one note bird call that never varies right now. It sounds similar to a human whistle - a single note followed by a long pause. I can hear it just outside my front window. It's 8:15pm in southern Ontario (Canada). I live in a city, but there is a ravine across the street and I've heard this call periodically since the summer, always at night. No idea what bird it could be.

Dec 02, 2015
by: Anonymous

One whistle birds, sounding like a single whistle, similar if not exactly the same as a human. Only at night. And only when you pass by their area. Like a warning of sorts. Can't find the type yet. So if anyone knows that be great. And focus on the single whistle. Same over and over and every 20-60 seconds. No other variation of it.

Aug 01, 2015
I've heard it tonight here in Ca
by: Anonymous

Did you ever figure out what it was.... I've been hearing one whistle one note too.,,, trying to figure it out???

Mar 10, 2015
birdites that whistle at n
by: Anonymous

I hear them every night at dark

Jan 31, 2015
perhaps this??
by: Anonymous

Jan 31, 2015
searching for the same answer
by: Anonymous

Mireille, I heard this in my woods last night (I'm in Annapolis, MD) and in searching online to solve the mystery found your comment.

Oct 17, 2012
Night bird that gives on whistle
by: Lola

Are you sure it wasn't a fisher cat. If you go on the web you can find videos of the sound to see if that is what you heard. We had the same thing and we live in New York.

Oct 12, 2012
Night bird with one whistle.
by: Mireille McKell

We have lots of mockingbirds here, and they sing in late spring and early summer. They sing lots of different songs, and they are very entertaining! This night bird sings just one note. Never anything else! It is a fairly long one-note whistle. It whistles after night fall when not many other birds are singing. I would really like to know what it is! Any other ideas, anyone? Northern mockingbirds sing some at night during mating season, but their songs are very tuneful and can be recognized as mockingbirds.

Aug 30, 2012
Night bird that gives one whistle!
by: Anonymous

Doesn't the Northern Mockingbird mock other birds songs like the mocking birds here in Ohio and the south? This bird just gives one shrill whistle every 20 to 60 seconds. It doesn't sing anything else, at least at night! I have never seen it in the dark so I don't have any description. I have listened for it at dusk, hoping to see it, but it doesn't whistle until full darkness descends! Thanks for trying to help me though. I hope others will chime in!

Aug 29, 2012
by: Susan

A Northern Mockingbird sings at night.

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