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Little Owl ?

Subject: Little Owl ?
From: "chrishails50" chrishails50
Date: Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:37 am ((PDT))
Dear all, 

Can anyone help me id this sound ? It was recorded about 3 weeks ago near an 
old gravel pit bordering a woodland in western Switzerland at 500m asl about 
11.00 on a clear sunny morning.

The sound seemed to be coming from an elevated grassy bank immediately next to 
the wood, and at the time I thought it was a small mammal in the grass, but I 
realise now that it may have been in the edge of the trees. There is not much 
reference material on it but my thoughts are that it may have been a call of 
the European Little Owl (Athene noctua). I heard it calling intermittently like 
this over the space of 30 mins or so, the sound carried a good 500+ meters 
which is when I first heard it and started to track it down:

No filtering or EQ applied this is straight out the can.

This is not the normal A.noctua "song" but seems to correspond quite closely 
with the excitement call on this page:

It would be rare but not impossible in that particular location, but I have not 
encountered this sound before.

All help gratefully received !



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