I went on a weeklong backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevadas and in the third or fourth night while we were camping next to the Kern River we heard this odd noise.
At around 5-10 PM we would here an exchange between two birds, one of them made a squawky noise and another would respond with a call that sounds like someone dragging a metal bowl across a rock. We would hear this strange noise throughout the night but it would stop in the morning.
We only heard this exchange whenever we were camped out near trees. In fact, I am not even 100% sure that what we heard was a bird call, but someone said it was likely because the noise would dart around the area quickly.
Does anyone know what could’ve made this noise?
TLDR; need help identifying an nocturnal animal that lives in the Sierra Nevadas that makes a noise that sounds like a metal bowl being dragged across a rock.