Subject: Re: Barred Owl Voice ID?? Date: Nov 22 09:55:01 1994 From: Jim Elder - jime at eskimo.com
> > Teresa, it sounds more like a Great Horned Owl to me. They give > high-pitched calls a lot; I've always thought these calls were > characteristic of young birds, but perhaps adults give them too. I never > heard a high-pitched screech from a Barred Owl when I lived near them in > Florida, while I hear that call all the time from GHOs here. The hoot call > also sounds more like a horned.
I agree that the hoot call sounds more like a Great Horned Owl. However, I have heard Barred Owls give screeching calls. Specifically I have heard this in Northern Minnesota. The calls, which were half a mile away, across a lake, woke me up. I thought they were a lynx as they sounded more than anything else like a cat fight. However after a couple minutes of this the bird started giving classic Barred Owl calls. Of course it is possible that there was a Great Horned Owl and a Barred Owl in the same place or for that matter a Barred Owl and a lynx but I at least thought that it was the same animal or two animals in the same spot (say a young bird and adult at a nest). I have also heard (and seen) Great Horned Owls making similar sounds as well as a Snowy Owl which was similar but much softer.