About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Photo Share: Barred Owl Laughs

photo by Simon Pierre Barrette
Each spring, the memorable sound of courting Barred Owls echoes through our woods: "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?" The escalating laughs, hoots and gargling howls reinforce the bond between pairs. At the height of courtship and when raising young, a pair of Barred Owls may continue their calls well into daylight hours, and they may hunt actively day and night.

Once while walking in the woods, I looked up when I heard a chickadee scolding and saw a Barred Owl perched high in the tree waiting to swoop down on unsuspecting prey. They like to hunt for mice, voles, squirrels, amphibians and small birds. Below his perch were round pellets of undigested bones and fur he'd coughed up from previous meals.

Unfortunately their numbers are in decline as more and more moist woodlands are being developed.

Related Articles:
- Fun Facts on Owls http://bit.ly/t6elFd
- Amazing Vocals of the Barred Owl http://bit.ly/sguMqL
- Do Bluebirds Cough Up Pellets Similar to Owls? http://bit.ly/t3Gu0D
- Small Michigan Owl Visits Neighborhood http://bit.ly/tlzaoN
- Fall Trees Reveal Their Secrets: Screech Owl peek-a-boo http://bit.ly/uC91a5

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