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so we're sitting here just now at lunch, in central NC, and i think i hear an owl hooting (at 1.30 in the afternoon). i dismiss it. then i hear it again and decide to listen closer. and i hear it again, so i tell the kids to shush then get my phone and go outside and do a little recording.  there are actually 2 owls talking back and forth. you can hear them in the background. im terrible at owl calls (except for the who cooks for you) and would appreciate some help. if i had to guess, id say great horned, but around here those are relatively infrequent compared to the barred owls.

thanks!

owls in the daytime.m4a

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33 minutes ago, HamRHead said:

You shushed the kids but not the Cardinals?. I can't quite make it out. To me Great Horned have a muffled, Mourning Dove quality.

between the cardinals and the carolina wrens, its hard to hear anything else around here!

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If I had to guess, fledgling Great Horned Owls learning how to hoot. I'm listening to the call around 0:55, which doesn't really have a dove quality and has the same rhythm as a GHOW. There are a few other calls that sound like Eurasian Collared-Doves to me.

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3 minutes ago, Melierax said:

If I had to guess, fledgling Great Horned Owls learning how to hoot. I'm listening to the call around 0:55, which doesn't really have a dove quality and has the same rhythm as a GHOW. There are a few other calls that sound like Eurasian Collared-Doves to me.

had to look up eurasian collared doves as ive never seen/heard one and am very unfamiliar with them. they'd be pretty rare around these parts.

heres the local bar charts: https://ebird.org/barchart?r=US-NC-025&yr=all&m=

fwiw i hear the owls (or what i originally called owls) at: 07sec, 17sec, 37sec, 53sec.

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7 minutes ago, insanityslave said:

had to look up eurasian collared doves as ive never seen/heard one and am very unfamiliar with them. they'd be pretty rare around these parts.

heres the local bar charts: https://ebird.org/barchart?r=US-NC-025&yr=all&m=

fwiw i hear the owls (or what i originally called owls) at: 07sec, 17sec, 37sec, 53sec.

Ah, okay. They're pretty common here and I've heard their range is expanding northward.

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