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#1 wbmrs

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:24 AM

Hello all,
This is only my 3rd post to this forum (I haven't had much time to be a part of this recently). I hope
that this post (along with my first two) does not put me into some kind of 'disbelief' category. My first two
posts involved what I thought was an oriole, in one instance, and a kind of kestrel in another. A few people here were very kind to respond with possible ideas as to what I may have seen in both cases.

Now, for this one: I have heard a **very** distinctive call - deep at night - that I have ID'ed as a Boreal Owl
call. If there is another owl that has a call similar to the Boreal Owl, and has a native habitat in the bay area of California I will be relieved. But, from all I can gather from various searches, and testimonials, a Boreal Owl
should *not* really be living in our area - in general.

I do not have proper equipment to easily create a photo of this bird (if I was lucky to actually see it at night),
but the call is absolutely unmistakeable.

So - is it possible that this could be a Boreal Owl - here, in Los Altos CA?

Thanks,
Mike

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 04:00 AM

Very unlikely to be a Boreal Owl. There are no Boreal Owl sightings reported in eBird for anywhere in CA. They don't sound exactly alike, but perhaps listen to Northern Saw-whet Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl, or Western Screech-Owl.

It might be helpful to also try and record the bird. I personally find that my recollection of calls is a lot less accurate than I would like...

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 05:38 AM

Try Western Screech-Owl, of the owls in your area their call is closest to Boreal Owl.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:32 PM

Check out the call of Wilson's Snipe -- that's what Boreal's in Minnesota are often confused with.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:16 PM

we need a pic of the owl

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 06:33 PM

we need a pic of the owl


Like op said, very hard to get a pic of any bird at night. I agree most likely Western Screech Owl. I kept a rehab bird that could not live in the wild due to an eye injury. He made an amazing variety of sounds, some of which I haven't seen documented.
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 03:01 AM

Thank you all for your kind assistance and suggestions - ! Yes, I hadn't gone through *all* of the owls
in the search result for 'owl'. Indeed, the Western Screech Owl must be it. It is very close in its rhythm
and pace to the Boreal - but, the call my wife and I are hearing in the early a.m. hours sounds even more
similar to the Western Screech recording here - and, of course - one would expect to find it in our area.
This make me feel so much better - I'm one-for-three now, with the help from members here - thanks, again.

Mike

p.s. I do hope to invest in some minimal tools to be able to finally record (visual and sound) for all upcoming
sightings.I already have a "Bloggie" video camera which may do OK during the daytime. I'll have to be
clever to figure something out for "midnight" recordings.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 03:13 AM

If the camera works for day recording just use it at night as well. You would not be the first person to post a dark video for call ID purposes.

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Northern Pygmy Owl (FINALLY!): Del Puerto Canyon, Stanislaus County, CA, 3/24/14

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Little Gull: Modseto Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant, Modesto, CA, 2/9/14

Ruff; Ceres Sewage Ponds, Ceres, CA, 1/28/14

 

Favorite Recent Birds (non-lifers):

Pileated Woodpecker: Indian Grinding Rocks State Historic Park, Volcano, CA, 4/13/14

Semipalmated Plover, Yellow-headed Blackbird: Merced NWR, Merced County, CA, 4/12/14

Pacific Golden-Plover: Ripon Sewage ponds, Ripon, CA, 4/8/14

Horned Grebe, Whimbrel: Woodward Reservoir, Oakdale, CA, 4/6/13

Bald Eagle, Vesper Sparrow: Hunt Rd., Calaveras County, CA, 4/6/13





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