Just spent a week south, with a lot of close-up owl action.
Anyone out there familiar with Tawny and Little Owl calls, and prepared to advise? (Mnemonics only; no recordings (of the calls in question).)
All the best -
Also have a look at Bird Songs & Calls, link below.
It may be worth book marking this, and the link sent by Sunny Kate to your warbler question.
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In reply to Mike B:
In reply to Dave - CH:
Dave, you're very welcome.
An interesting thread no less. There has been talk of "local dialects" in birds and animals, and while I'm not clever enough to argue one way of another, it does make sometimes make you wonder whether it is an April Fool style mention, or if there really are local dialects.
One lesson I learned a long time ago, life is not black and white as the Victorians would have us believe, there are many shades of grey in-between. After all, it was thought animals don't have emotions or feel pain, which we know today is not the case.
So I'm happy to keep an open mind.
For those interested, having apparently exhausted all available avenues, including the UK's Hawk and Owl Trust, I had the identity of the bird confirmed yesterday by the excellent Magnus Robb of the equally excellent The Sound Approach (the organization's Paul Morton had hooked us up).
Athene noctua "cucumiau".
A very similar call can be heard at the beginning of recording CD1-64 at https://soundapproach.co.uk/species/cucumiau/.
As Magnus pointed out, "cucumiau" is a version of the "pop-pop-PEE-oo" call we heard in Tuscany.
Those interested in regional vocalization variations in the "same bird" will enjoy the (very informative) piece.
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