[Tweeters] The Curious Case of the Sounds in the Night Time

J. Acker owler at sounddsl.com
Wed Mar 10 07:51:45 PST 2021

Hey Louise,

That is the advertising call of a male Northern Saw-whet Owl! Nice
recording! They are adept at avoiding Barred Owls. This guy is trying to
solicit a mate. NSWO do breed in the Puget Sound area.


J. Acker

<mailto:owler at sounddsl.com> owler at sounddsl.com

Bainbridge Island, WA

From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of
Louise Rutter
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 7:42 AM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] The Curious Case of the Sounds in the Night Time

For the past few nights, we've been hearing someone tooting near our house
in the night. It sounds more like a pygmy owl than anything else I can think
of, but the toots come pretty fast. The neighbours have been hearing it too
- they actually sent me an email wondering if I knew what it was. My husband
got a recording of it last night and it's online here:


We live in north Kirkland between Finn Hill park and St Edwards state park,
so we're surrounding by many acres of woods and clearings. We have a lot of
barred owls in the area, and they're calling a lot currently, which I think
would be a discouragement to smaller owls! Are any tweeters able to confirm
an ID for us on our latest nocturnal visitor?

Louise Rutter


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