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Old April 25th, 2010, 05:25 PM
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Owl Prowl

I went out on a Owl Prowl last night, with my Ornithology teacher and 10 of my classmates. It is were you can participate in owl surveys, learning about different bird species, through site and sound in the field. We heard a variety of different birds. One of my favorites is the American Woodcock. Too cute. We even seen a muskrat, beavers and two timberwolves. The reasoning for participating is to see if you can owls to respond. The teacher has taped recordings of different owl vocals.

The first call, we had a barred owl fly in about 40 feet up from us in a tree. He stayed for a few, then flew off...where we heard a second owl. Maybe his mate? Then they chatted for about 10 mins. It was great. We went to 6 stations out of 10. Heard a few other owls, mainly barred owl last night. One of my faveurite calls

What is everyones favourite owl vocal/call
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Old April 25th, 2010, 05:54 PM
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Or even your favorite bird call
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Old April 25th, 2010, 09:38 PM
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I love the barred owl duets! Also the evenly spaced and oft repeated hyuuu hyuuu hyuuu of the sawhet owl.

Did you see the Woodcock sky dancing? I love the peenting and their courtship flights! They have a peenting ground out back. We get a show every year.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 09:01 AM
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oh wow, sounds like an interesting evening!!! we had the opportunity once to watch a snowy owl enjoying a late lunch (which we later upon inspecting found out it was a pigeon) it was about 11 pm at night. Man, those birds are huge close up!!!
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I am no birder as you will soon know.

The other morning, lying in bed, a gang of feathered friends lurking outside my window were very distinctly sing-songing in their best helium-inspired voices..."Your cat is silly. Your cat is silly. Your cat is silly..."

Uninformed question (formerly known as "Stupid Question" ) for you. How can you see them at night well enough to differentiate one type from another? Or do you do that largely by sound?
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Old April 26th, 2010, 11:32 AM
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Uninformed question (formerly known as "Stupid Question" ) for you. How can you see them at night well enough to differentiate one type from another? Or do you do that largely by sound?
We were able to see their silhouettes. For the sounds, most species have a distinct call. And there are no stupid questions
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