I'm looking for some help and feedback from the owlers out there. I went owling around Scappoose Bottoms a couple of nights ago and had a couple of interesting and puzzling observations.
First, I'm looking for some ID help on an odd alarm call. I heard it several times in response to screech-owl playback. It sounds a bit squeakier and with a different inflection to a saw-whet whine. It's embedded in the ebird checklist below. The first recording is the original file recorded on my cell phone. The call occurs after the 1s mark and again at the 21s mark. The second file is cropped and with some background noise filtered out.
My recording sounds quite similar, but not quite the same. Anyone else have experience with this call or know what I heard?
Second, what are the chances of getting a male long-eared owl to hoot at this time of year? I heard a series of 9-10 low hoots at roughly 2s intervals in response to WESO playback in another spot. It seems unlikey, but i'm scratching my head about what else it could have been. It was near the edge of the poplar plantation in Scappoose Bottoms southeast of where the road crosses the large canal. Location and further description is in checklist below.