Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Tawny Owl - Xylophone Trill

On a number of occasions I had heard a sound that I just couldn't figure out what it was or what was making them, only heard late at night I was sure it was an Owl. With all three common Owls being present in the area it had to be either Barn, Little or Tawny Owl that was making this strange quiet warbling noise but despite researching and trying to track the culprit down I still had no answers. I finally managed to record it out of our bedroom window late one night and heard a Tawny Owl which seemed to be replying? in the background whilst the warbling/trill continued. After searching many websites I found the God's Own Clay website which has a large selection of recordings including the "Xylophone Trill" which finally told me that is was a Tawny Owl. The Tawny Owl calls and vocalizations can be found on their website here

Collins Bird Guides(Mullarney/Svensson/Zettertrom/Grant) describes the following - During courtship either sex utters a low-pitched,shivering tremolo(the so called 'xylophone trill'), o'o'o'o'o'o'o'o'o'o'o'o....., audible only to c.50m.

It's quiet so you'll need to turn the sound up and perhaps your speakers to hear it.

Tawny Owl's "Xylophone Trill".


Chris Gall, Colinton, Edinburgh said...

i heard the otherworldly xylophone trill for the first time last night as a bird flew unseen around our house. i had no idea what it was but was aware that there are tawny owls in the local wood

likewise i found the Gods Own Clay website with the sound files and heard it again there. fantastic. i'll try and record it tonight...

Charla said...