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Wildest Animal Sound I've Heard, What Is This?

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I live in the Northeast, in West Virginia. Last night, around 3:30AM, I heard an animal (I'm assuming it was a bird) making the strangest sound I've ever heard, something I've never heard before in over 21 years living here. I can't even begin to explain the sound, except that it sounded more like something you would hear in the Amazon than in West Virginia, so I"m attaching a link to the audio recording I made of it.

Whatever was making the sound, there was one very near where I was standing recording from, and there were several others at various distances a little further away, all of them seemingly responding to each other, and occasionally they would all sort of crescendo in this wild cacophony that was both amusing and somewhat horrifying!

I really hope someone here can identify this for me, because I haven't been able to get the utter strangeness of it out of my head all day. I've always considered myself quite familiar with the fauna around here, but this just has me baffled. Here's the audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P8KeYHEjwETxs7b4lgr9svcnC8g7AFZ_/view?usp=sharing

And thanks in advance!

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welcome...  indeed you were right, birds...  and the time makes some sense. This is a pair of Barred owls going back and forth. It's a pretty common occurrence where they are found. Always fun to listen to.

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I agree. Very cool! I'd love to hear this some day. They sound a bit like a squeaky toy and a parrot combined :classic_laugh:

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Welcome!!  Awesome recording...thanks for sharing. I hear Great Horned Owls hoot occasionally but I've not ever heard anything like this from them. 🙂  

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Agree with Barred Owls. We have a pair that nest near our house, and we hear this quite often!

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