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Do other birds/animals besides owls make that hooting noise?


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#1 albacized

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Posted April 02 2009 - 8:16 PM

I just got back from my evening walk and could hear some hooting coming out of the woods...It somewhat piqued my interest since I never knew owls lived around here. And I'm not sure why I wouldn't have heard that before since I've been walking/jogging this area for about 6 years



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Posted April 02 2009 - 8:31 PM

mourning doves make a sound some people confuse with owls. plus, some owls don't even hoot.
where are you located? i can tell you what owls live there and where you might be able to hear some of there calls. the range on the east coast is fairly distinct. you should be able to identify the species just from the call.



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Posted April 02 2009 - 8:38 PM

I'm up in eastern MA...and I live and a residential area if that makes a difference. Thanks



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Posted April 02 2009 - 8:38 PM

Btw, I have seen mourning doves around here before - so maybe that's it?



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Posted April 02 2009 - 8:41 PM

I have seen owls in your area several times.

On a funny side note, a guy that I work with has been attacked by an owl or owls several times while jogging. He even went so far as to go jogging with a lacross helmet and stick to punish the mad hooter. To this point he has not gotten revenge though.


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Posted April 02 2009 - 8:46 PM

mourning doves make a very similar sound to an owl to someone who doesnt the difference. a mourning dove will always make the same sounds, while owls change their tone and notes often. if you're not hearing sounds an hour or so after dark, in all different pitches, i'm gonn say its a mourning dove. this time a year those owls are going nuts, and you'd know it if they were around you're house.



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Posted April 02 2009 - 8:57 PM


mourning doves make a sound some people confuse with owls.


Exactly. Click on the yellow in the link to hear the morning dove.

http://www.learnbird...rdsong.php?id=7


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Posted April 02 2009 - 9:00 PM

mourning doves and great horned owl sound pretty similar. great horned owls calls are deeper and at night. mourning dove is a daytime call.
only other hooter in the area this time of year is long eared. which is noticeably more hesitant then either dove or owl.
barred is around too, but is more of a barker, though some might say it hoots. sounds like trees bending in the wind to me though.
last is eastern screech and northern saw-whet are whistlers, while short-eared sounds like a cat trying to bark.

try enature website. choose birds. make up your own mind.



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Posted April 02 2009 - 9:38 PM

I've seen and heard owls in my home town on L.I., the south shore dunes, upstate in the Catskills, even the train yards at Coney Island. Amazing birds.



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Posted April 02 2009 - 9:40 PM

During turkey season you hear so many barred owl calls at sunrise because of hunters the real barred owls must be scratching their heads thinking "who's that?"



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Posted April 02 2009 - 10:12 PM

I guarantee you that what you're hearing is a mourning dove


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Posted April 02 2009 - 10:33 PM

I just got back from my evening walk and could hear some hooting coming out of the woods...It somewhat piqued my interest since I never knew owls lived around here. And I'm not sure why I wouldn't have heard that before since I've been walking/jogging this area for about 6 years


Frequently, I have owls or mourning doves within 30 feet of my house.
Because of my familiarity with their sounds I can distinguish one from the other.
The sounds are different, but to the unfamiliar ear, a dove could sound like an owl or vice versa.
I have no recollection of hearing mourning doves in the dark of night; that's the time I hear "my" owls.


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Posted April 02 2009 - 11:38 PM

Hoot Hoot


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Posted April 03 2009 - 9:56 AM

Don't know what part of Eastern MA you're in, albacized, but around the city I've seen them in Waltham, and Mt Auburn Cemetary in Cambridge. They're around.



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Posted April 03 2009 - 9:59 AM

I used to know a girl that made a hooting noise