It was 4:45 a.m. and I heard soft but steady note of the call: 'hoo-hoo hoo-hoo' of the Great Horned Owl in the darkness right outside my window. Either it was one calling twice or a pair right on the power pole outside my window as within a couple seconds the 'hoo-hoo hoo-hoo' came again.
You can hear the sound I heard (recorded in BC) by clicking here . (from list scroll down and pick double call for Great Horned Owl - our calls were all quite close, like in your closet, and the soft throaty sound)
I woke Linda and the call/reply or double call came again. She couldn't see them but it was totally dark. It has been a long, long time since I heard an owl call.
There are not only owls in the park two blocks from us, but also an Owl Cam on two Great Horned Owls raising three owlets. The link for the live cam is here (still at bottom of page).
Pictures of the Great Horned Owls moving hooting yesterday (white are the young, black are the parents) shown here.
For trivia: a group of owls is called 'a Parliament.'
Any wildlife encounters yourself?
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