TN Cumberland Plateau dweller

by Judith
(Monteagle, TN)

At 3 AM I heard a melodious bird call. It starts with two notes and then ascending notes. I went out on my back porch, but of course could not see anything. I did hear an owl hoot. There were 3 or more of these birds making this call. Almost as if they were playing Marco Polo! I always thought owls were solitary. Do you have any clue as to what nocturnal bird this could be? I wish I could carry a tune; I would call the local forest ranger and repeat the sound for him! Thank you for any help you can give me.

Hi Judith

I wonder if it is a Mockingbird. They are known for their nocturnal serenades. They particularly like to sing when there is full moonlight.
The mockingbird will not hesitate to protect its territory - even against much larger birds.
Happy Birding,

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Jun 27, 2017
Early singer, monteagle
by: Denise

Hi Judith, not sure when you posted so you may already have your answer. If not, try googling the rufous sided towhee (renamed eastern towhee). Happy birding!

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