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Tawny Owl calls - winnowing? UK

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Old Friday 3rd April 2020, 20:56   #1
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Tawny Owl calls - winnowing? UK

Was outside around 8pm (still light) this evening and pleased to hear a Tawny Owl typical call across the fields, followed by a quieter 'ker-wick' which is also afaik a common call. However, heard a sound which sounded just like a winnowing Snipe at around the same time.

Snipe don't breed around here (Cornwall), so question is, do Tawny Owls make a similar call at all? Alternative would be whether the owl(s) had put up a Snipe and it was making the song flight anyway. Do Snipe make the call whilst off/en-route to breeding territory?

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To answer my own question, wikipedia states that they (Snipe) occasionally winnow on migration and commonly when disturbed by predators ... !!
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Tawny Owls make a very distinctive 'warbling' call - could it be that?
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Quote:
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Tawny Owls make a very distinctive 'warbling' call - could it be that?
Pretty much it -

https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=224082

Specifically -

http://www.tarsiger.com/mp3/harry/st...apr2009_ed.mp3


And a lot more likely in reality! Thanks (although now done one on the garden list unfortunately!)
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Glad you've identified it.
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