It’s a Barred Owl!

April 20, 2010 at 6:07 pm 1 comment

Good job, Nick and Renee! The animal pictured in my last post is a Barred owl (Strix varia). Interestingly, the facial disks made of feathers around the eyes are used more for sound rather than sight. The disks funnel sounds to the ears and their keen hearing can pick up the quietest noises of prey (like mice) traveling throughout the forest floor. The Barred owl is very common in Virginia swamps and bottomland areas and is well known for its characteristic hooting that sounds like, “Who cooks for you, who cooks for you-all!”

Imitate the call after viewing the video linked below. If you have woods nearby, go outside and mimic the “song” around dusk. If you practice enough and get pretty good at replicating it, you can sometimes get this species to come closer to your location.


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Can you guess which Maymont animal is pictured below? Flying Squirrels Night

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  • 1. Nick  |  May 5, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Hey Buzz –

    I heard a Barred Owl last night in the woods across the street from our house in the Forest Hill neighborhood !! Very cool!



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