Date: 4/29/18 2:50 pm From: John Rowlett via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] Excessive use of owl playback?
I think Janice Frye's suggestion is a plausible one. A pair of Barred Owls is holding territory this Spring in my neighborhood (less than a mile from Charlottesville High School). On April 1, no fooling, I witnessed one of the owls deliver its classic advertising call every 40 seconds or so for almost two hours. I was astonished. Last evening one of them began calling at 5:45p and continued, off and on, for three hours, though not as consistently or regularly as the April 1 bird. In the piney woods of east Texas and in the mountains of West Virginia I've heard them call for hours on end when conditions were right. I don't know the details of your experience with the putative birder using playback to excess, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that you were hearing actual Barred Owls after all.