Date: 7/14/22 3:53 am
From: Harriet Jansma <hjansma...>
Subject: Re: Barred Owls in east Fayetteville
We hear them often. Two years ago they had a nest nearby, likely in our woods. We were able to hear the cries of the hatchlings asking to be fed. Not sure we've heard the exact call that you describe, Jonathan, but we do hear them calling back and forth. There's a lot of wooded unbuilt land south of us, good habitat for many birds and other critters.
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From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf of jonathanperry24 <jonathanperry24...>
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2022 11:01 PM
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Subject: Barred Owls in east Fayetteville

Okay, this may not interest many of you. But I've been in my study in our house in the East Oaks neighborhood of Fayetteville, and just less than ten minutes ago heard this:

First Barred Owl: Hoot hootie hoot

Okay, we all know that. But then, after several iterations--

Second Barred Owl: Hoot hoot hoot hoot

And this went on for about a minute. Which, if you check with your smart phone, is a really long time.

So: socializing? mating? challenging? congregating? friending?

I've never heard this before in our neighborhood or anywhere else, though I will say that Barred Owls are actually pretty frequent callers in our neighborhood, one of the blessings of living amongst trees.

Y'all be good.

Jonathan Perry, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Fayetteville, Arkansas

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