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Old Monday 26th August 2019, 17:36   #1
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Tawny Owl call

Was camping out in Devon two nights ago and at dusk a Tawny Owl landed in a pine directly above my tent and started calling softly for five minutes.

No word of a lie, it was going: too-woo too-wit
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Was camping out in Devon two nights ago and at dusk a Tawny Owl landed in a pine directly above my tent and started calling softly for five minutes.

No word of a lie, it was going: too-woo too-wit
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V interesting britseye, especially for me https://www.birdforum.net/showpost.p...55&postcount=1
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V interesting britseye, especially for me https://www.birdforum.net/showpost.p...55&postcount=1

Cheers, Dave. I can reverse that and say your link is very interesting to me. I didn't realise there was documented evidence of the too-wit too-woo call. Until two minutes ago, I was in the Shakespeare got it wrong camp. I once vaguely thought I imagined it somewhere out there in the dark of night, but laughed it off at the time. Did you see the thread about the Tawny Owl's Tengmalm's-like call, I think earlier this year? I heard that same call for only the second time a few months back. The local ones that I've lived with on and off for eleven years now were making some weird squeaky calls at midnight last night that I didn't actually match to Tawny Owl until they properly got going.

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Cheers, Dave. I can reverse that and say your link is very interesting to me. I didn't realise there was documented evidence of the too-wit too-woo call. Until two minutes ago, I was in the Shakespeare got it wrong camp. I once vaguely thought I imagined it somewhere out there in the dark of night, but laughed it off at the time. Did you see the thread about the Tawny Owl's Tengmalm's-like call, I think earlier this year? I heard that same call for only the second time a few months back. The local ones that I've lived with on and off for eleven years now were making some weird squeaky calls at midnight last night that I didn't actually match to Tawny Owl until they properly got going.

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Likewise here, the past couple of weeks Ive been hearing them doing odd calls, is it likely to be this years young starting to find their voices do you think?
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Likewise here, the past couple of weeks Ive been hearing them doing odd calls, is it likely to be this years young starting to find their voices do you think?
It would make sense, but unlike the previous two summers when youngsters have been EXTREMELY vocal around the garden, I haven't heard any juvenile calls at all. So I'm not sure I can attribute last night's somewhat unearthly calls to this year's young? I've no doubt BWP will have some very detailed info - in fact, it does, I know, cos I've looked before - but I'm just skimming at the moment and don't have time to follow up.
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last night's somewhat unearthly calls
One of them has just been doing it again. This time I got a much clearer handle on the call and I would describe it as sounding like one of those grating Red-wattled Lapwing calls that make you want to cut off your ears! This type of sound for a minute and then morphing into a strangled ke-wick, followed by a soft hoot. I know this is the time of year the adults kick the young off the territory and tell them to go get a life, I've heard it happen many times. But this call is still relatively new to me. Not like the usual youngster calls at all.
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