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Michelle

Fool's folly - ID by sound only OC, California

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I walk my dog at 530 in the morning to avoid other dogs. I regularly use a local school across from a birding hotspot. For 2 days, 8/23 and today 9/10, I've observed (in the dark) a bird high up in the canopy calling. I've gotten it's sound on a video, however it's very faint. It sounds like a goose's honk is the best I can relate it to. I can't imagine what a goose would be doing 45' up in a tall pine, so I doubt it's that. We do have sightings of rare birds for the area, so any ideas are welcome. I can look up sounds from the ideas to make a match with my poor audio and memory. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thank you!

Location: North Tustin (near Peter's Canyon Park), Orange County, California

Time: ~550AM

 

-Michelle

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Thank you! I just scoured Merlin for birds that are a possibility for tree perching in my area. The most likely (so far...) seems to be a female great horned owl. Makes sense as I see a great horned owl perched on the baseball cage every so often (picking rabbits off the field I imagine?) I have seen the night-heron around and it sounds similar but a bit shallower of a sound.

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Great Horned Owls can make weird meowing/screaming noises. I don't see an audio link, is it there and I can't see it on mobile? 

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1 hour ago, Melierax said:

I don't see an audio link, is it there and I can't see it on mobile? 

There is not one.

22 hours ago, Michelle said:

I just scoured Merlin for birds that are a possibility for tree perching in my area.

Night-Herons roost in trees in the day. @Michelle Would you mind posting you video?

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On 9/14/2019 at 11:40 AM, Melierax said:

Yep, Great Horned Owl!

Thank you for the confirmation! I saw her/him again this morning, other end of the field. Nothing like seeing an owl fly over your head, you sure don't hear them at all.

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