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Morz



Joined: 16 Oct 2015
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Location: Texas

PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 6:12 pm    Post subject: Help identifying an owl Reply with quote

I live in northern Texas west of Fort Worth and here lately we've had a new sound and we've been trying to identify I finally spotted the sound coming from an owl on top of a telephone pole it rather large with brown feathers and it makes a weird reeeaaahhhhh sound scratchy sounding and it does this all night long. I have never heard this sound before and I've lived here all my life I haven't gotten close enough to take a picture but when I would get close to it when I was searching for it and started walking away if it also have some high pitched whistles like it was getting excited or nervous but it only does that when I walk away any suggestions? I'll try to get close enough for a good picture but its hard because the middle of the night and it always high up or in the field that's not my property
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owlboy
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Location: Albany, NY, USA

PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really hard to narrow down which owl it is. There are a few large owls in Texas. Great Horned Owl; (2) Barred owls; (3) Spotted Owl. From the calls that you describe it doesn't seem like a Great Horned Owl, which like to sit on telephone poles.

It could also be a smaller owl, such as a screen owl.
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screech



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Location: Texas

PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are many sites on the web where you can listen to owl sounds.
Here's one you might like:

http://hubpages.com/animals/OwlsoftheUS-AWhosWhoofOwlsOwlCallsIdentificationandCulturalSigificance

Maybe you can identify the owl you saw from listening to some of these.
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