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bird cries help

Posted: Jul 06 11:15 am
by caril
On July 4 north of Hazelton BC heard really odd call in the thick bush between house and creek. Sounded like a bird to me, calling... help. Does a bird exist that we might have been hearing? Never heard anything like that before! Help. :?:

Re: bird cries help

Posted: Jul 07 12:44 pm
by rawalker
Spotted Towhee?

Re: bird cries help

Posted: Jul 07 3:34 pm
by BirdingBC
caril wrote:
Jul 06 11:15 am
On July 4 north of Hazelton BC heard really odd call in the thick bush between house and creek. Sounded like a bird to me, calling... help. Does a bird exist that we might have been hearing? Never heard anything like that before! Help. :?:
Lots of species could fit into that house/creek habitat. If you could share a Google map link to your general location, that helps narrow the possible species down.

As it is midway through breeding season, juveniles are now abundant for birds and other critters. This makes ID'ing more difficult as the 'kids' can make all sorts of weird sounds that are unlike their parents.

Lets try to narrow down the sound you heard:
  • Was there any kind of pattern? How would you describe it?
  • Was it more like a chip, cheep, a squeal, whoop, trill, whine, or bark? How would you describe how it sounded?
  • Was the voice high, med, or low pitched?
  • Did it repeat the same call or was it varied?
  • Did it go up or go down or stay the same pitch?
  • What time of day/night
Cheers,

Re: bird cries help

Posted: Jul 08 7:02 am
by zwest
My first guess would be Peacock. Are there any farms, acreages etc. up there that might have them?

Re: bird cries help

Posted: Jul 08 8:55 am
by caril
North of here, well up a back road: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kispi ... 7799?hl=en
The call was repeated a number of times, at intervals, in the afternoon.
Pitch in the range of a woman's voice. Flat in pitch. Followed by a bit of quiet birdish sounds I can't describe. The call sounded like the word "help"... so much so that my husband immediately made sure it wasn't me. The calls stopped soon after we began walking around and calling out. Our calls got no response.
Juvenile raven...?
Rawalker , does a spotted towhee stay "help" in a flat tone in that pitch range? Dont think we get them here.
Zwest, peacock... very unlikely up here, but wouldn't that be funny. No sign of a peacock in the days since we heard the call.

Re: bird cries help

Posted: Jul 08 4:15 pm
by zwest
Juvenile ravens do make some crazy sounds as well.