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

Louise Rutter louise.rutter at eelpi.gotdns.org
Wed Mar 10 08:30:59 PST 2021

Thank you to Jamie, and the others who replied. The verdict of a saw-whet
owl is unanimous. I hope he's as good at avoiding barred owls as you say!


From: J. Acker <owler at sounddsl.com>
Sent: 10 March 2021 07:52
To: louise.rutter at eelpi.gotdns.org; tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] The Curious Case of the Sounds in the Night Time

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

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

Bainbridge Island, WA

From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu
<mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu> > On Behalf Of Louise
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 7:42 AM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu <mailto: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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