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Thread: European Scops Owl (Otus scops) in Denmark???

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    Default European Scops Owl (Otus scops) in Denmark???

    I have just received this recording of a possible European Scops Owl (Otus scops) that is singing only at night time in a garden in Denmark. Sounds like the real thing, but then again not quite identical to recordings that I have available for reference…

    I need some help. What is it?

    The recording is made with a mobile phone:

    Thanks in advance, Kent

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    Hi Kent

    I believe the bird you recorded was a Little Owl. The variation on Little Owl call is unusual but not that rare. I was first aware of this call back in the 1980's when a 'possible Scops Owl' was reported in the Merseyside area of the UK, and it turned out to be a Little Owl.

    Someone local to me (in Leeds) told me about another 'possible Scops' about 4 years ago. I went to the place, heard the bird (which sounded just like yours) and saw it. A Little Owl.

    Well done for getting the recording.

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    Algarve, Portugal


    Hello Kent,

    Agree with Sherpa that this is a Little Owl (I have two pairs nesting in my garden).

    The night-time call of a Scops is unmistakable (and very annoying!).


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