We were walking in the cemetery today. It was very quiet and then an unbelievable whooping sound. Came back and researched it, as it was very distinct and unusual. It sounded owl like and the completely matching sound was…….Eurasian Scops Owl !! Surely this can’t be true. Anyone on here with more knowledge who can suggest another solution? I noticed a few other people stopped dead by the sound. Very distinctive.
I understand that these Owls do occasionally end up in the UK and have been spotted as far north as Northumberland, but usually by accident or as a result of stormy weather. They prefer warmer areas.
Can anyone suggest a more logical solution? The call was a loud, fairly deep whooping and did match this Owl call.