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
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!