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Night bird not heard before. (1 Viewer)


United Kingdom
Hi, I'm really hoping someone can help me identify a bird I've heard for the last couple of months! We live in a normal road of semi's, not a woods but lots of trees behind us , large and small, no water, the sound isn't a hoot as such, difficult to describe, it's a one note sound, 4 times sometimes 6, I've never heard it before and it's driving me crazy not being able to find out what bird it is!! Can someone help....please?! Newhaven Sussex England
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Location is Britain; "semi" has a different meaning elsewhere. But a bit more detail would be useful. Is there a pond or marsh among the not-woods?

How confident are you that the sound first started a couple of months ago (vs you simply didn't notice it before)? Have you tried following the sound? Does it come from a consistent direction? Might there be more than one individual making the noise? Does it seem to be up in the tops of the trees or near the ground?

A recording would be best, "not quite a hoot" could be lots of things.


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Location is Britain; "semi" has a different meaning elsewhere.
Most will have made that guess, for that reason. But guessing seems more appropriate than asserting.
In a re-posting which is disappearing further below, the OP has stated 'Sussex', presumably the British one.
Anyway... it's probably a tawny owl making their confusing less-common call.

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