You are probably right. The pitch of the cry is right. I have seen them
running around here in the daytime, and once had one fly right at me as I
walked near a small pond. I think I went by the colloquial term I had
heard from others when hearing a night shreik.
Thanks for helping with the mystery!
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>From: Mundi Smithers <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Bugs must be flying at night now
>Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 07:09:38 -0500
>I think I know what you heard!!! A Killdeer!!! They are notorious for
>shrieking any time day or night. Years ago I lived in Pittsfield , MA ,
>right in the center of town . We frequently heard and saw Killdeer at
>night. At that time I wasn't much of a birder but was told that they were
>'night hawks' and they nested on the tar and gravel roofs of the downtown
>We have them here in the country as well and one woke me up last night ...
>which is why I think you may well have heard a Killdeer,
>Now I know I heard SOMETHING with a piercing cry calling. When I go to the
>Cornell "All about Birds" tapes, I can't say it sounds quite the same as
>either the woodcock or the nighthawk. Not owl-like at all. Sounded more
>like a raptor cry, but why would I hear that it 10 something PM? There was
>a very bright headlight beaming toward our property from a parking lot up
>the road, and maybe something got stirred up. I give up! Any other ideas?
>Sorry for my mistake!
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