adventures in nature

2014 Dec 28 owls

great-horned owl with golden gate bridge in background at sunset

great-horned owl with golden gate bridge in background at sunset

It’s been amazing to hear all of the vocalizations that the great-horned owls make, especially now during courting time. One of the pair seems to greet the other after they leave their roosts with a croaking screech sound from a nearby tree, then when the pair comes together one of them makes a repeated chirping sound, something that you’d expect to come from a plush toy or something similar. It’s a fast series of soft, muffled cooing-chirp-toots. Even the common “hoot” changes in frequency, cadence, and number of hoots in a grouping when they are addressing each other. It’s very endearing.

Tonight this pair was hanging out together as usual lately – and talking to one another – on their favorite  tree, a big live oak. I felt lucky to watch and listen.

great-horned owl pair / Contra Costa County CA

great-horned owl pair / Contra Costa County CA

2 responses

  1. Ann Prentiss

    Fabulous photos, Zach!

    December 29, 2014 at 4:14 pm

  2. Peter

    Awesome!

    December 29, 2014 at 4:39 pm

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