Can anyone ID this night calling bird?

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Can anyone ID this night calling bird?

Postby Mixos » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:36 pm

I'm hoping one of you amateur ornithologists out there can identify a bird -- I assume it's a bird and not a frog or similar -- which has been calling in the evening and after dark. The sound is quite a similar to the "churring" of a nightjar, but higher and softer; a continuous single note for approx 8 to 10 seconds at a time, a short pause then repeated. When I first noticed it a few days ago I thought it was a telephone ringing, then realised it was coming from the olive groves some distance away. It's quite a spooky sound and I can't find a match on the internet. All I'm sure of is that it's definitely not a skops owl. And it's not a phone! Any ideas?

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Re: Can anyone ID this night calling bird?

Postby Kilkis » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:56 am

If you've got a smart phone there are a number of apps that identify birdsong. Sort of Shazam for twitchers. Some are free and some are paid for but not expensive. Some work even when you are off-line while some need a connection.


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