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    Night Birds

    What birds, besides the owl, are night birds? Throughout the night I am constantly hearing the chirpings of a bird outside. It may be a Nightingale (sp?)?

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    Re: Night Birds

    Isn't Florida's state bird the mockingbird? They're night birds i believe


    Edit - just looked it up, check out this video and see if it's similar

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMMBz1IHXs0

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    Re: Night Birds

    Mockingbirds aren't nocturnal, but they do sing away at dusk and dawn. (And I think, sometimes at odd hours.) I miss those guys.

    Nightjars (the bird family which has whip-poor-wills and the like) are night birds.

    If it sounded anything like that video clip, though, it was probably a mockingbird.

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    Re: Night Birds

    Yes, the Mockingbird is alive and well here in Florida and what a selection of song they have. I too do not think they are night birds.

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    Re: Night Birds

    Oh yeah, just looked that up... it's just the Northern Mockingbird that is nocturnal, probably not what you have in Florida

    Did you listen to the video, Grace?

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    Re: Night Birds

    Don't let names like which refer to general directions, like Northern, deceive you. The mockingbird that lives here in the U.S. is, in fact, the Northern Mockingbird. Although it has a few relatives (such as thrashers), it's the only mockingbird found here in the U.S. And yes, it is the same one found in Florida.

    http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/158...ckingbird.aspx

    Eastern Kingbirds are found here in Montana - see what I mean? The names can be deceptive.

    Oh... I found a site that explains it.

    http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAbou...ckingbird.html

    # The Northern Mockingbird is a loud and persistent singer. It sings all through the day, and often into the night. Most nocturnal singers are unmated males, which sing more than mated males during the day too. Nighttime singing is more common during the full moon. In well-lit areas around people, even mated males may sing at night.

    I knew males sang to establish territory, but apparently, it has to do with mates, too. And it would make sense that the unmated males would sing more.

    So they're not really nocturnal (since you see them around during the day - they aren't sleeping) - just that some of them sing late into the night.

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    Re: Night Birds

    Thanks RedFeather for taking the time to post the above. Whatever bird this is that I hear, it is non-stop. Naturally I fall asleep, but when I wake up during the night, I still hear the bird(s). It is a pleasant chirpping, singing or whatever it is. I will try and note when I exactly start hearing the bird. Right now it is still day light and too much noise going on outside to hear anything.

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    Re: Night Birds

    Well if it's a chirping I'm clueless. In Anchorage I hear loons and owls a lot at night, but that's obviously not what you are hearing.

    I am curious to know what it is now though!

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    Re: Night Birds

    Are Nightingales what they are birds of the night? I wonder if that is them. I have to see if they are native to Florida..... ****goes and googles*****

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    Re: Night Birds

    ****I am back**** There goes that theory. They are not. I am wondering, could just a common sparrow be making these all night noises??

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    Re: Night Birds

    Quote Originally Posted by Pootspete View Post
    ****I am back**** There goes that theory. They are not. I am wondering, could just a common sparrow be making these all night noises??
    hehe no idea grace but just wanted to say that if the birds have chicks then they will chatter away at them at night. I have heard star start up at strange times in the night a few times recently.
    But in saying that isnt it a little early over there for chicks to be hatching??

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    Re: Night Birds

    I found this info:
    northern mockingbird, northern cardinal, common grackle, blue jay, tufted titmouse, Carolina wren, limpkin, chuck-wills-widow, owls, and American crow are the species most frequently accused of causing problems by calling and singing at night and very early in the morning

    on this webpage

    perhaps it is one of these?

    there aren't many 'nightbirds' where I live. There's the occasional squawk from a crow I suppose. I'm a deep sleeper anyway

    EDIT** go to this website
    and click on the "northern mockingbird voice" link and you can hear what it sounds like!! (also you could listen to a few of the other familiar birds and see if they match too)
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    Re: Night Birds

    Thanks Sarah. Well for sure where I live I have seen Mockingbirds (they are the most common), Bluejays and cardinals. Hmmm...... the mystery continues. This is not something that just started, this has been going on for over a year (and I have been meaning to share it here, but always forget to), so there is a nest somewhere or nests. The birds are not that close by, I hear them in a distance. I will try and pin point if it is just one bird or many. Still, it is pleasant to go to sleep to and to wake up too also.

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    Re: Night Birds

    Okay, (listened during the night) I am inclinded to believe now that it is indeed a Mockingbird throughout the night that I hear. So, I guess there are some that stay up.

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    Re: Night Birds

    stupid question, but are you sure it's a bird? is it an actual song, or more of a "chirp"?

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    Re: Night Birds

    Not a stupid question, it is a combination of both song and chirps.

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    Re: Night Birds

    Yay, it's a mockingbird! I think I recall hearing something like that once when I was living in Florida, though I wasn't sure what type of bird it was, and didn't investigate. But it did kinda sound like a mockingbird.

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