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BirdNote: Here Come The Barred Owls

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Paul Bannick
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The emphatic hoots of a pair of Barred Owls resonate in the still of a winter's night. Like many owls, Barred Owls initiate their vocal courtship in winter.

A fairly large owl - a perching bird is 21 inches tall - Barred Owls are also among the most vocal. More than a dozen Barred Owl calls range from a "siren call" to a "wail" to a wonderfully entertaining "monkey call."