Sunday, September 14, 2014 Saw-whet Owl Concert

Seward, Alaska

Sunrise 7:23 am, sunset 8:21 pm for a total day length of 12 hours and 57 minutes. Tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 25 seconds shorter.

Highs in the upper 50s, lows in the upper 40s. Rain in the forecast for the next week.

At 3 am this morning, I was startled awake by a SAW-WHET OWL playing jazz improv from a spruce tree right by my open bedroom window. The little guy with a big voice delivered a virtuoso performance, tossing in an unusual ascending progression to his principle theme of "beep, beep, beep" which was almost, but not quite on the same pitch. 

After a brief pause, he experimented further with the pitch of the "beep", first a little flat, then a little sharp, followed by more doodling. After a few more minutes, he must have taken a deep bow and silently departed.

What riveting, wild music from an unexpected musician of the night!

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold

Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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