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As a boy, I used to hear them occasionally in broad daylight (although more commonly just before dusk).  I also heard one vocalizing once during the day on the Cornell campus, as a graduate student years ago – there was a resident Screech Owl who used to roost in a tree in the Cornell Plantations.  (I've also heard Great Horned Owl and Barred Owl vocalizing in the midafternoon, the former only rarely, but the latter reasonably often.).  So, if it sounded to you like a Screech Owl’s tremolo (which is pretty distinctive), I suspect that your first instinct was right.



David Webb

Hanover, NH



On 5/9/19, 6:05 PM, "Vermont Birds on behalf of Maeve Kim" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of [log in to unmask]> wrote:



    Wow. It did sound like a screech owl, but I tossed that idea out because it was full daylight. Do they ever call then?

    Maeve



    > On May 9, 2019, at 5:54 PM, Charlie Teske <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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    > Possibly a screech owl?

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    > On Thu, 9 May 2019 15:16:09 -0400, Maeve Kim wrote:

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    > Great idea - but we usually walk without cell phones, so we can immerse ourselves in the experience of being outdoors and in nature. Maybe next time, though, I’ll carry one.

    > Maeve

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    >> On May 9, 2019, at 3:13 PM, Stephen Antell wrote:

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    >> I’m afraid I can’t solve your mystery but wonder if you tried to make a recording. I was able to do that with my iPhone a couple days ago and was successful figuring out a mystery bird when I got home.

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    >> Steve Antell

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    >> Please excuse any typos as this message is being sent via my iPhone

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    >>> On May 9, 2019, at 1:42 PM, Maeve Kim wrote:

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    >>> This morning at Mobbs Farm in Jericho, in a wooded area, we heard a repeated call/song that sounded like a muted gurgly warble followed immediately by a short whinny (shorter and higher-pitched than a Sora’s whinny but somewhat similar). I’m stumped. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    >>> Maeve Kim, Jericho Center

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