Name the Mystery Bird

May 14, 2014 — 3 Comments

Lately we’ve been plagued by an obnoxiously loud mystery bird that we affectionately call the “koo-koo bird”. The racket usually begins right after the sun goes down, and it’s insanely loud. We learned last weekend that it has been roosting right outside my neighbor’s bedroom window and whooping it up at all hours of the night.

I’m calling out my bird-loving friends… What the heck is this bird?




3 responses to Name the Mystery Bird

  1. It is a whipper-will…and i will gladly take it,,they nest on the ground in an open area. The vocalization will quit shortly, that is their mating call.

  2. It’s a chuck-will’s-widow, often identified as a Eastern whip-poor-will. Migratory so you’re likely hearing same time every year now. Check out the differences at Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology ( South Florida Bird Observatory has posted a youtube video showing the size of their mouth, pretty amazing! BTW – thanks for your posts on road building.

  3. @RP, we got them again this year. They’re not nearly as noticeable now that the pond is full. All we can hear is an insane symphony of frogs. In the background I can sometimes make out the whip-poor-will.

    I found a video of the mouth. Man, that’s crazy. It looks like a snapping turtle mouth.

    Glad you enjoyed the other posts. Makes it worth doing!

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