if I have attached correctly……what is this? Recorded around midnight in a large garden in suburban Hertfordshire. Repeated three or four times, then three or four times about 100 metres away. Has now occurred several nights running. In the past we have had tawny owls but have been unable to find evidence of this call attached to them.
The only call I can hear on your recording occurs at about 8 secs in so I assume that's the one you are referring to. In order to make it easier for other people to hear I've extracted a small segment, amplified it a bit and done some noise reduction. This is the result.
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I think it might be a Red Fox rather than a bird. They do have quite a variety of vocalisations. Here's some examples I've found.
Admittedly this one is from a captive fox but it sounds quite similar to your one
This next one is the typical scream but if you listen carefully there's what seems like a response in the background which again sounds simiar to what you are hearing.
What do you think - am I on the right track?
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All I could hear on the original recording was noise and what sounded like someone moving around or, the mic.
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In reply to Shezkah:
Shezkah said:If the two calls are the same creature and it's a bird I'd jump to ptarmigan or grouse myself.
Seriously, in Hertfordshire????
In reply to TeeJay:
Shezkah said:If the two calls are the same creature and it's a bird I'd jump to ptarmigan or grouse myself. No clear ID jumping out at me though sorry.
Definitely not Ptarmigan! Ptarmigan are nearly always found above 3000 feet above sea-level and only found in the UK in Northern Scotland and mainly in the Cairngorms.
In reply to THOMO:
If the two calls are the same creature and it's a bird I'd jump to ptarmigan or grouse myself. No clear ID jumping out at me though sorry.
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