or a whe-e r r r r o o o of a more sudden low goop-goop
Voice. — Weird, blood-curdling, quavering tremulo; high-pitched, long-drawn, wailing, whistled hooting w-w-whi-i-er-r-r o o o o o o o o o, or a whe-e r r r r o o o of a more sudden, hushed stop; lonesome, sad, and creepy, heard most frequently during fall, less commonly during winter and early spring, and rarely during the breeding season or in summer. There are two short notes, often uttered alone, occasionally used to begin the tremulous screech, a very low, short hoot, proot and a puttering, beating put t t t, again, a low goop-goop. Screech usually crescendo and then diminuendo.
Field Marks. — Small size. Ear tufts. Tremulous hooting whistle.
Popular Names. — Squinch Owl; Death Owl; Little Gray Owl; Little Red Owl; Little Horned Owl; Mottled Owl; Scritch Owl; Scritch.