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csziggy

(34,147 posts)
Tue Jan 6, 2015, 07:49 PM Jan 2015

Just heard a great horned owl calling

Loud enough to hear over the TV, computer and other noises in the house with the windows closed! When I stuck my head outside, it was probably down in the woods, nearly a quarter of a mile from the house, but the sound carries.

This is exciting since it's been at least 20 years since I have heard (or seen) a great horned owl here on the farm!

It was very low pitched, very much like in the middle clip on this page:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/great_horned_owl/sounds

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Just heard a great horned owl calling (Original Post) csziggy Jan 2015 OP
Maybe it misses Aerows pinboy3niner Jan 2015 #1
That's great locks Jan 2015 #2
Maybe that's why it's here tonight - the cold wave has finally reached us! csziggy Jan 2015 #3
Sometimes I hear an owl in the post midnight hours, and I tried to figure out what kind it is marzipanni Jan 2015 #4
if you play the sound, they will likely reply. mopinko Jan 2015 #7
Calling who? Orrex Jan 2015 #5
I love those sounds. lovemydog Jan 2015 #6
i have heard one owl in ten years fizzgig Jan 2015 #8

locks

(2,012 posts)
2. That's great
Tue Jan 6, 2015, 08:40 PM
Jan 2015

A pair live near me, they stay year-round and have babies while it's still so cold you'd think they'd freeze. But at least one and usually big bundles of fluff survive thanks to caring parents. Hope yours will stay around.

csziggy

(34,147 posts)
3. Maybe that's why it's here tonight - the cold wave has finally reached us!
Tue Jan 6, 2015, 09:36 PM
Jan 2015

I'm used to the barred owls having extensive conversations just outside the window. But even though they are close, they don't have the volume the great horned owl call does.

marzipanni

(6,011 posts)
4. Sometimes I hear an owl in the post midnight hours, and I tried to figure out what kind it is
Tue Jan 6, 2015, 10:36 PM
Jan 2015

It has a very low-pitched call, I think of it as being like a mourning dove except lower and more resonant, hoo-HOO-hoo-hoo. I love hearing it.
I think it is a great horned owl. I've listened to sound clips of different owls, and just listened to the calls on your link, and they seem like the only owl that has that distinctive call. I imagine the owls like the large old deodara cedar or redwood tree that grow next to each other down the street.

mopinko

(70,695 posts)
7. if you play the sound, they will likely reply.
Tue Jan 6, 2015, 11:53 PM
Jan 2015

dont overdo it or you will scare them off. dont need to play it very loud.

lovemydog

(11,833 posts)
6. I love those sounds.
Tue Jan 6, 2015, 11:21 PM
Jan 2015

Hoooooo. Hooooooooooooooo.

Super cool that they identify a territorial call and a call for their young ones.

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