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We heard this animal outside in Western Washington (Port Townsend area) during the late evening. I think it is a bird, but it honestly sounds sort of like some creepy woman singing or something. The audio is linked below. The sound (in the audio) was repeated for a long time at random intervals averaging probably every ten seconds.

https://clyp.it/tzybty1w

Anyone know for certain?

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  • $\begingroup$ If I exclude the humming noise, the call is quite clear. But do you have any more longer-records? $\endgroup$ – Always Confused Sep 14 '16 at 7:51
  • $\begingroup$ The sound is approx ranging 200 Hz to 2000 Hz with most-occurred components belong approx 500 to 600 Hz. seems so , when filtered with any media player's equalizer. $\endgroup$ – Always Confused Sep 14 '16 at 12:05
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    $\begingroup$ That is the only sound clip I have... $\endgroup$ – jlars62 Sep 14 '16 at 15:55
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I asked the same question on another forum here: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?p=3454684.

It looks like another possibility is a barred owl. It also sounds somewhat similar.

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My guess is an owl, possibly a great horned owl, which are found in the area and can sound similar.

Alternatively, it could be a mourning dove, which sounds similar again, and is common throughout the USA.

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    $\begingroup$ Not a mourning dove; pattern wrong. Owl is highly likely; Barred Owl suggested in other answer is better fit than Great Horned. Compare at Cornell site:allaboutbirds.org $\endgroup$ – mgkrebbs Sep 14 '16 at 17:57
  • $\begingroup$ @mgkrebbs I agree. $\endgroup$ – James Sep 15 '16 at 3:46

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