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Bird call ID

Hi all,

We were camping in mid Michigan this weekend (Cadillac area) and heard what we think were some strange birdcalls. The campsite was in a dry beech-maple forest with a few small meadows sprinkled in and no creeks or swampy areas nearby. The “call” was a low rumble, which sounded a lot like two tree trunks rubbing together in the wind. We would have let go it at that but we heard the same sound coming from several directions and even when the wind had died down. We’ve camped in this spot for a decade now and have never heard anything like it. We’re guessing it’s birds or toads but frankly haven’t a clue. Can any of you shed some light?

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Sounds like the makings of a great monster story to me. It's not required they be true, just scare the unknowing! Yes

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Try to find the call to the American Bittern. It has one strange call.

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Found them in my bird book. Make a sound like (oong-KA-chunk). Found around fresh water and brackish marshes. Says they spend most of their like in concealment.

CG's probably right but I'd make up a monster story anyway! Big smile

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I'd love to make it into a monster story but the kids heard it too and wern't the least bit afraid. Bummer.

I'll check out the bitern. That one wasn't on our short list of suspects.

Thanks for the info!

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