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19 minutes ago, Aaron said:

I believe so. The only other owl that makes similar calls (at least to what I’m familiar with) would be Boreal, but I don’t think those make it to Michigan 

Thanks man! Yeah, there’s only 3ish lower peninsula Boreal Owl records (on eBird), so NSWO is probably a bit more likely haha.

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2 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Screech-owls and Barred Owls also produce an ascending call, right?

Screech Owls make barking and whinnying sounds, I do not believe they produce an ascending screech call. This is definitely a small owl, we can rule out Barred

All in all it’s definitely a Saw-Whet, I’m certain of that much at least.

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7 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Thanks.  I guess this would be an ascending whinny?: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/178045061

I would call that an ascending screech. I’ve never heard a screech owl do that before

I still feel pretty confident the bird in question in this post is a Saw-Whet, compare the calls on All About Birds

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Specifically listen to the first two calls (not song, calls) for Northern Saw-Whet Owl on All About Birds, sounds exactly like @Birding Boy ‘s two call types he recorded.

Obviously I have more to learn about Screech-Owl vocalizations, thanks for informing me @The Bird Nuts … I still feel pretty confident this is a Saw-Whet not a Screech-Owl though.

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1 hour ago, AlexHenry said:

In general I think Saw-Whets are more common/widespread than people realize

Just chiming in to share a story. We met a veteran birder at a hotspot who showed us a saw-whet, and then told the story of a friend of his who (30-40 years ago?) was doing a study of saw-whet nesting sites in the Okanagan Valley, and called him in for help because after several months he had yet to identify a saw-whet nesting site. The lengths they had to go to to find some were entertaining.

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Somehow the ranges of both screech owls end before they get anywhere close to where I am, but I guess I’m too far North.🤷🏻‍♂️

My first Saw-whet was also unexpected. First major snowstorm of the year but I decided to bird around outside anyways and found him in a little tree right next to the path. 
 

Another time I saw one I called it a “Saw-wheat owl” to a group of birders who asked if I saw anything interesting and they all laughed at me… I still haven’t recovered from that. 

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