Thursday, July 6, 2017

Got A Hoot

Because I had the windows open overnight, I got to hear a Barred Owl.

The Barred Owl’s hooting call, “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?” is a classic sound of old forests and treed swamps. But this attractive owl, with soulful brown eyes and brown-and-white-striped plumage, can also pass completely unnoticed as it flies noiselessly through the dense canopy or snoozes on a tree limb. Originally a bird of the east, during the twentieth century it spread through the Pacific Northwest and southward into California.

Thanks to my 1962 Field Guide to the Birds and the recordings of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, I was able to recognize the distinctive hoots of this bird.  I can now add it to my life list.

If you think it’s unusual to hear a denizen of old forests and treed swamps in the suburbs of Miami, remember that I live in a part of the county that still has such growth.  And at times when I’m coming to work at my office, which is just north of downtown Miami, I hear roosters crowing in the pre-dawn darkness.

3 barks and woofs on “Got A Hoot

  1. Not really surprised — in Chicago we have neighborhoods with lots of big old trees, and you can find just about anything — like the opossums and raccoons that used to wander through the yard the last place I lived. And the woodpecker that was a regular visitor.

    We’ve gotten used to the peregrines — they keep the pigeons under control.

    And we have coyotes wandering into sandwich shops downtown to get out of the heat, and we’ve had deer wandering around Lakeview, one of the most densely populated areas here or anywhere.

    Don’t remember seeing (or hearing) any owls, though.

  2. We have Barred owls in our protected hammock…your description is great! The cooks for you? Love it and them.

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