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    Midnight Serenade

    What in the world? There is a very loud bird that sings outside my bedroom window. That's nice - except it's at 2-4 AM. What kind of crazy bird does this? He sings for hours at a time, for goodness sake! Yes, he keeps me awake. I live in So. Calif. and am not familiar with song birds. I only know canaries. Does anyone know what kind of bird sings at night? He is very melodic. I have no idea what he looks like because it's dark out and he sits up in a tree.

    I know there's nothing I can do, but it would nice to know what kind of bird he is. Any ideas?

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    I Googled & it sounds like you are hearing a Northern Mockingbird,
    common in Orange County at 2 AM.

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    yep, it's a mockingbird.....noisy little birds. We have one every year that nests in a large bush right outside our bedroom window, very annoying sometimes as they can squack all night

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    Yes, we had one at our house about 30 years ago, while I was still living with my parents. My dad threatened to shoot it, as did most of the neighbors. It was very annoying as we did not have air conditioning and just kept windows open at night.

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    I also vote for the mockingbird. I've got one too and while I don't want to do grievous bodily harm to it, some nights I lay there and wish he'd shut up!!

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    My husband hates the mockingbird for that exact reason. Very melodic bird but also a very early riser.

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    I concur--a mocking bird. I had the same problem in NC. I suggest putting an owl in the tree or bush or hang outside your window. That might help.

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    .....don't have that species around here, I don't think, but have a little frog that has decided to live in my backyard somewhere...and he/she croaks most of the night.......but that's okay....it's life in another form and I enjoy it.

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    Mockingbird! Yes, those lovely loud birds!

    Growing up there was one that lived in the tree by my bedroom, and he'd do CAR ALARM sounds at 2AM.

    I have ALWAYS had insomnia, though, and was often already awake and just laying there, so I felt a kinship with my loud feathery neighbor. I'm still fond of Mockingbirds because of it.

    I also know those birds mate for life and can be very vengeful - we had a family cat that killed a mockingbird and then could not go outside again for several years because the mate of the bird she'd killed was watching and waiting for her to step outside. The bird would swoop her endlessly, and peck holes in her head! (My cats are indoor-only now that I live on my own!)

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    I wish I had just a bird. They put a train station just behind my house and they run 22 hours a day except Sunday. Then they start again at 11pm. They run one each way every half hour.

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    Oh goodness. I've gone to sleep with crickets outside my window but not a bird. I do like waking up to them though.

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    I have lived the last 30 years in Orange and Riverside county and have never heard any bird sing at night. I did have a small brown bird that would talk to me thru the window in the morning.
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    We sent him your way! Last year he sat outside OUR window at the exact same time! We now know where the title of the book To Kill a Mockingbird came from!!

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    The only thing I have ever heard that will discourage a mockingbird is to shoot it. That being waaaaaaaaay outside of my list of choices, maybe some earplugs would help. Good luck, Oh, and try to enjoy one of Gods wonderful creatures Maybe put out a loud recording of a cat mewing

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta5718 View Post
    I wish I had just a bird. They put a train station just behind my house and they run 22 hours a day except Sunday. Then they start again at 11pm. They run one each way every half hour.
    Shasta we moved to our present location 12 years ago, there is a train station across the water that amplifies all sounds, not only we could hear the trains but they tooted loudly approaching and leaving the station. I can tell you that after a couple of months, I couldn't hear the trains anymore unless I concentrated on it. There's hope.

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    You can hear a mockingbird here, http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/N...ingbird/sounds

    Can you even hear it through a closed window?
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    I hear your pain....We have some loud bird that thinks 4:00 a.m. is wake-up time for everybody. Then, when the sun does come up around 6:00 a.m, he shuts up (I call it a "he"...it squawks so much it must be a "she"). My DH just mentioned how we're gonna have to close the window cause the birds get me up, which gets him up, and then the whole dang house is up.
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    Yes, he/she comes through loud and clear even though the windows are closed. Guess I'll just have to get some ear plugs as suggested. Thanks you all, now I know all about the mockingbird. %;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elise1 View Post
    You can hear a mockingbird here, http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/N...ingbird/sounds

    Can you even hear it through a closed window?
    I got the link up but can't hear anything and I have the sound turned all the way up. I had a bird the other night that ran it's beak for hours. It sound like a mother bird preparing the nest and the dad brought the wrong twig and put it in the wrong place.. aaaarrrghh.
    I'm sure if I shot at it I would have been arrested for just trying to scare it away.
    It must have known what was in my heart as it didn't do a repeat performance the next night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sew Krazy Girl View Post
    What in the world? There is a very loud bird that sings outside my bedroom window. That's nice - except it's at 2-4 AM. What kind of crazy bird does this? He sings for hours at a time, for goodness sake! Yes, he keeps me awake. I live in So. Calif. and am not familiar with song birds. I only know canaries. Does anyone know what kind of bird sings at night? He is very melodic. I have no idea what he looks like because it's dark out and he sits up in a tree.

    I know there's nothing I can do, but it would nice to know what kind of bird he is. Any ideas?
    Not an idea of what the bird is, but could you attach old CD's hung from strings to the branches to scare him away, or are the branches to high? I put them in my garden to keep them out because they eat my plants. If works for me, hopefully might work for you.
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    Went to website on bird....couldn't get sound.....but maybe we have that little bird around here too....some days, early mornings just a cacophony of sound...but I am thankful I CAN hear them.....

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    We had to put up two plastic owls to keep birds away. The birds sat on the electric wires behind our house and pooped all over. The owls actually scared them away. Well except for the crows, nothing scares them and they remember you.

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    I love the Mocking Bird and listen all day for him and hear him often here, but the bird who ruins my serenity at night is the 'Whip-poor-will' and that one yells, no nice music, just whip poor will with the accent on the "will" on and on for hours.
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    mockingbirds, they get confused if there is a bright light in the area - are there any bright lights near where its singing, it could think its daylight. Thats the case in my yard, my neighbor has bright lights in his yard shining all night, and all the birds are getting confused.

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    I'm still laughing about the car alarm sounds.
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