[Tweeters] Barred Owls calling and caterwauling

J. Acker owler at sounddsl.com
Thu Jan 3 16:34:10 PST 2019

‘Tis the season.

Haven’t heard yet about the Nisqually Great Horned Owls, but they well be on eggs now. This is the earliest nesting pair that I am aware of.

Northern Saw-whet owls are starting to toot, gearing up for the upcoming season.

As for Barred owls, they are ramping it up now, and will be on eggs the first week of March.


J. Acker

owler at sounddsl.com <mailto:owler at sounddsl.com>

Bainbridge Island, WA

From: Tweeters [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Douglas Irle Will
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2019 3:42 PM
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Subject: [Tweeters] Barred Owls calling and caterwauling

Indeed, January is Barred Owl mating season. Mine actually got started in December this year. Every January now since about 2010 I hear them in Lake Forest Park with lots of calling hoots but especially their mating caterwauling (quite loud - sounds like a pair of giant cats having a great time of it).

Perhaps Jamie Acker will also weigh in on this for his score of pairs on Bainbridge.


They really help control the rats and Eastern Grey Squirrels. But please, don't set out poison for the rats. Poison bait is the toxin that keeps on taking - it kills owls and other rat-control predators which later eat the dying rats.

Doug Will

Lake Forest Park

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