[Tweeters] Spotted/Barred Owl question

Doug Will diwill at uw.edu
Thu Aug 8 16:57:38 PDT 2013


Dea,

Please access the Cornell Macauley Library of recordings of bird calls.
Many Spotted owl and Barred Owl calls are similar.
They are cogeners (in the same genus, so closely related).

I, too, thought I might have heard a Spotted Owl caterwauling call in
Lake Forest Park some years back.
But it turns out the Barred Owl makes an exceedingly similar call.
That is likely the case for your owl.
Considering that there are now many more Barred Owls than Spotted in WA
state, and that Barred Owls are tolerant of urban/suburban areas, you
almost certainly heard a Barred Owl(s).
You will probably find the call you heard if you search the Barred Owl
sounds on the Macauley.

It now appears that we have at least three breeding pairs of Barred Owls
in Lake Forest Park.

Doug Will
Lake Forest park

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