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Wildlife/Nocturnal Birds in Wisconsin


Jacob wrote at 2007-09-05 04:39:47
I live in SE WI as well and hear this every night including on the roof of my house. I believe the sound it the nocturnal screech of an owl. It sounds most like a great horned owl, but could obviously be another type. I have seen glimpses of the owl on my roof but never a great look. Hope this helps.

jim wrote at 2008-07-17 04:02:30
I hear it too I'm in Madison it's July I thought screech owl but we can see it perched on the building next to us and it seems much bigger. Will have to get a light to shine at it.

LJM wrote at 2009-07-21 05:31:48
July '09 In Southeast Wisconsin (Sheboygan Falls), my neighbors called my attention to a cry during a bonfire... at first we thought some toddler was playing at screeching.  It's a clearer sound than a red-tailed hawk makes and we could hear an identical answer in the distant woods. On-line sound I found most similar was of 'Little Owl' but that resides in Europe.  Are we hearing the same species of bird?  Owls usually hoot a few times not a single screech.  

Trying to sleep windows open, it is distracting not to know the origin.

rtbakers wrote at 2010-07-29 23:30:34
Try this web site they have sound clips from all birdsi Wisconson  hope it helps

carrie49 wrote at 2011-08-24 10:17:17
I also live in SE Wisconsin, Sheboygan County, and have heard the same thing for the last three weeks or so.  Now because the nights are cooler our windows are open and he/she is waking me up at all hours of the night.  I have heard a screech owl before and it seems quieter than that.  He whistles about every 30 seconds like a guy would be whistling at a girl and sometimes it's a quiet screech.  He seems to flutter from tree to tree and whistling at every move.

Sara wrote at 2011-09-21 00:49:10
If it sounds like chirping, it could be a flying squirrel. I hear them a lot in the city of madison

Laura wrote at 2012-07-16 23:26:40
I have two around here - whatever they are - screeching all hours of night, one answers now, but the last few nights there was only one around. It screeches/whistles, and I thought my cats had caught an animal/large bird the way it screamed. But it flies from tree to tree, and around and back again. What is it??

rieepsycho wrote at 2013-04-11 01:04:47
Jacob, Jim, LJM, carrie49, and Laura;

you have a screech owl or a hawk.I live in Appleton. I have a Great Horned Owl in my backyard. I personally see it every night. It comes out anytime between dusk and dawn. It literally says Hoo....hoo...hoo,hoo. It flies silently and nearly took my neighbor's dog. They do not screech.Their wing span is about 50" or so and will attack people if provoked.They eat mice, rabbits, squirrels, skunks, ducks, quail and any dog or cat about the same size.  


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