[Tweeters] Eastern Screech Owl heard near Chism Park, Bellevue - is this even possible?!?

Emily Winstrom emily.winstrom at gmail.com
Thu Oct 7 22:10:42 PDT 2021

We live a mile up from Chism Park in Bellevue, WA. Chism Park is on Lake
Washington, and there are many large Douglas Firs and Cedars in our
surrounding neighborhood. Barred Owls frequent Chism park vicinity as well
as Great Horned Owls. This evening, about 8:30, we heard a strange call
from our backyard area - where there are many large Doug Firs and Cedars as
well as native plant "wild" areas between houses. We opened our back
sliding door, and very close by heard what seems like a pretty bizarre owl
call. I'm not kidding - it sounded like the Eastern Screech Owls we have
heard many times over the years when we visit Sanibel Island in Florida.
On Sanibel Island there are Eastern Screech Owls in abundance. The call
we heard this evening starts with a higher pitch, descends smoothly in
pitch, closing with a whinny sound. I don't know anything about calls
made by Great Horned Owls or Barred Owls that could sound something like
this. I know these species have a wide variety of calls and sounds they
use. I wish I had had Merlin with Sound Identification all ready to go,
but I haven't got that set up yet. I think my best recourse is to share
with the Tweeter expert community and get your take on this. What birds
around here could make a sound that sounds just like the Eastern Screech
Owl? That pretty much sums up this mysterious sound we heard tonight.
Thanks for your help!!!

From Emily Winstrom, Bellevue, WA
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