Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hoot Owl!


As The Younger Son was coming home the other night, walking along the sidewalk, he saw a Barred Owl. Then he heard it. Sweet! They are native here, but we've never seen one at our house. It was calling loudly. Also known as the Hoot Owl, they sound like this. Here's one hooting in a tree:


and another:



Their breeding season begins in February, so maybe we'll be seeing more of them. As I sit here with my cuppa (coffee, as usual in the mornings) looking out onto the courtyard, I find myself watching and listening, hoping that night wasn't an oddity. I'd love to have owls!

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(photo of the owl via Wikipedia)

28 comments:

  1. There is something so special about owls. The way they look, the way they sound. I hope some are nesting near by so you can enjoy them.

    Darla

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    1. that's what i'm hoping, too. a nest of owls! what fun! :)

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  2. I loved this, thank you!! Such cool animals I think, it's fun to draw them too. Happy T Day!

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    1. glad you liked it :) owls are so popular now, too. i see lots of things in stores with owls on them

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  3. What a wonderful treat from nature! my son said there was an owl outside of our house the other night when he got home from work. I, of course was sound asleep and missed it.
    ~Dawn

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    1. it is a treat, isn't it. i hope your owl comes back when you can hear it.

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  4. What a HOOT. Laughed when I saw this. It's fantastic. I remember as a child, I lived next door to friends who found a barn owl and a crow. Supposedly mortal enemies, these two grew up together. The local newspaper even wrote an article about them. Isn't nature the best? And even more fun when you can share it over a cup of coffee, too. I also hope this isn't an oddity or a fluke. Thanks for sharing this fun T trip down memory lane for me.

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    1. i had a friend who had an owl that made so much noise they couldn't sleep. they ended up cutting down the tree closest to their house just to put some distance between the owl and their bedroom window. lol too much of a good thing, i guess.

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  5. I have always felt that owls were mystical, or maybe that's too much Harry Potter.....LOL They are such gorgeous birds, one of my favorites.
    Thanks for sharing and for the visit this week.

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    1. is there such a thing as "too much harry potter"? lol

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  6. Oh my gosh! I would be beside myself with joy if I ever saw a real live owl!
    What a beauty...they are mysterious and so cool I find!
    Here's hoping you get a return visit and more!!!
    While we were away at the shore we were on the lookout for snowy owls...there have been lots of sightings of them in odd places along the east coast...
    no snowy owls yet for us...
    we had to be content with seeing some of the wild ponies that roam the Assateague Island park land which was a thrill too...
    I he♥rt nature!
    Happy T Day to ya!
    oxo

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    1. ooo wild ponies! i could be content with that :)

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  7. Happy T day. Oh I do hope one day we have an owl visiting us- I love them! My friend has had one or two by her place not far from me so I keep telling her to send them here:)

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    1. the barred owls are said to do well in well-treed residential areas, so maybe this one will settle in somewhere close. i hope so :)

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  8. Oh what a rare treat to see (and hear) those owls! Such beauty. . . Thanks for sharing such a rare glimpse into a beautiful creature! Happy T-day!

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    1. so glad you liked it. we were very surprised and now are hoping for more :)

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  9. We don't see many owls around here...lots of hawks though. Owls are very beautiful...
    Happy Tuesday!

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    1. we see hawks, too, especially red-tailed hawks. i think out chipmunk population tempts them. that may be what has attracted the owl.

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  10. How great to actually see one. I can hear one really close by. The other day I could hear 2 of them like they were hooting back and forth to each other. But I have never seem them and it's so hard to pin point where they were. I love owls ... wish I can see ours.
    Happy T(ea)-day.

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    1. i wish i could've seen this one. it had flown to another tree once i got outside. my son said it was _huge_!

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  11. I love owls. Living where we do we get a few around here, including a screech owl which sits one side of the house screeching to his mate the other side. In fact, as I type I can hear owls hooting! They say living in the country is quiet - it sure isn't!
    Hugs
    xx

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    1. it's just a different kind of noise. i've lived in the country, and it took me ages before the cricket sounds didn't keep me awake! lol

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  12. They ar such beautiful creatures. We occasionally hear one in trees near our house. I feel blessed each time I hear one. Only once has it flown near enough to see it. Great photo. Enjoy your hoot owls!

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    1. the photo came from wikipedia. my son saw this one, but he couldn't get a poto and it had moved higher in another tree by the time i got out there. i'm keeping my eyes and ears at the ready for another chance, tho!

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  13. Wow! that white owl is so pretty. Once I got a chance to see and touch a baby owl and its face just resembled a human baby's. They are very cute birds.
    Happy T for Tuesday

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    1. wow! touching a baby owl must've been a very special experience!

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  14. owls fascinate me, and I love their call...hope yours comes back to you and makes himself at home...

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    1. oh, yes, thx! i haven't heard it again, though, but i'm hopeful :)

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