[birding] Sounds like Saw-whet owl

Lisa Millbank millbank.lisa at gmail.com
Tue Oct 13 18:55:28 PDT 2015

Hi Frank,

If it isn't actually an owl or some other bird, it might be a Townsend's
Chipmunk.  Here's an old video of one making a couple of different calls;
the second call type is a little bit owl-like: https://youtu.be/kkGHFxEh3Ig

As far as owls go, Northern Pygmy-Owls are far more likely to call during
the day than Northern Saw-whets.  I don't think I've ever heard a saw-whet
during daylight hours, so that might help narrow down some of the

Lisa Millbank

On Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 6:02 PM, <kolwicz at minetfiber.com> wrote:

> I've been hearing continuous, monotonous "tooting" that lasts for a minute
> at a time or more in a small patch of oaks at the back of some vineyards
> north of Baskett Slough for the last couple of days. I first heard it
> about 4:30 PM on Saturday and again today around 1 PM. The area around the
> oaks is composted of fields and vines with miles of open spaces, not what
> I've read about their habitat. No response to a brief playback.
> Is there anything else that makes a similar kind of sound, a squirrel,
> perhaps? I have heard them "barking" in that area, but this is more
> tuneful.
> Frank
> in Monmouth
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