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    recorded last fall in Nevada County.  This “chittering” call seems to be an alarm call or sign of annoyance of the northern saw-whet owl.  It is of very short duration and in my experience not repeated.  When playing back or imitating the territorial call of this owl by whistling, I often hear this very quick “chitter” which then often leads to either a “wail” or “toot”.

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    This quick “gurgle” like call may be made by saw-whet owls.  It occasioally hear it in saw-whet habitat and in areas where saw-whets are vocalizing.  I’ve never seen the animal that makes this noise, so this is a guess based on hours out in the woods and gut feeling.  If someone is familiar with this sound, I’d like to hear from you.

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    Published on October 10, 2008 · Filed under: OWLS;
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