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    I moved into a new cabin this spring in Fairbanks and at night I started to hear a bird (or I assume its a bird) that I have never heard before. I have asked a lot of people and no one can tell me what it is. I have searched google and could not find a call that matched up with it. I dont know how to describe it but at the risk of sounding crazy I will give it a shot.

    The bird gives a few second call that sounds like: Woo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo

    Maybe someone can point me in the right direction.
    The cabin is located on a hill in a birch forest. That might help.
    Its pretty fast paced and defiantly doesn't sound like a hooting owl.

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    Ok, I will jump on the crazy wagon with you. Does it mostly do it first thing in the morning? I live in Anchorage and have this dang bird that wakes me up every morning.....kinda like the same call you are talking about
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    It starts when it gets dark and goes all night long. Right before I went to bed I heard it at 3 am last night.

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    It's an owl. We have several species of owls thoughout Alaska and all are in their breeding cycle right now. Calling is how they find mates. They will get quieter soon.

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    if it "doot-doots" in clusters it is a boreal owl, if it "beeps" like a back-up alarm it is a saw-whet owl.
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    I know what bird your talking about...I think. We have them out here. They fly around at night. What they do is fly straight up then straight down. Its their wings that make that noise. I cant remember their name though. They are fun to watch :)

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    i believe that is a common snipe. It flies very high in the sky making the whooping noise with their wings. (I think)

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    I am thinking your right, but I have not found a sound recoding on the net that matches the sound I have heard. My buddy said he heard the same sound while out bear baiting and said it was from a bird that would fly up and down and make that noise. So it might be that but I cannot find a snipe noise in the net.

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    I think I found it.

    http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/984...mon_Snipe.aspx

    There is a recording on this site and at the end I can hear the "woo hoo hoo" I was talking about.

    It's a Common Snipe making its dives and flapping its wings.

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    Exclamation uhh.. really very unlikely...

    until there is damp ground for snipe to forage in they will not be here.
    we don't usually get them here until LATE april, early may.
    seriously, the only birds calling in the dark right now are owls.
    boreal owl... i betcha
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    Listen to the clip on the web page the sound at the end of the clip is the sound I am hearing.

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    After listening to the Boreal Owl it could be that too. They sound very similar. But the Northern Hawk Owl sounds similar as well. But after looking listening to them all I would have to say that the Boreal Owl sounds the closes and makes the most sense. It has been making the noise since we moved in in January so a Snipe would not be around then. So I guess that it is a Boreal Owl.

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    The shorebirds aren't hear yet, and besides they are not nocturnal. For a shorebird to move and cause commotion at night is to be killed. It is the owls breeding season (many species) and they are calling like crazy in the woods.

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    Wink I stand corrected

    seriously, the only birds calling in the dark right now are owls.
    boreal owl... i betcha[/quote]
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