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May 25, 2014. This much larger owl (and mate across the creek) remained on the same perch as we went up the creek and down back again. It was much larger than the barred owl seen over a year ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strix varia

18-22 inches long, common in woodlands.  Gray-brown, large liquid brown eyes, streaks (barring) on breast and belly, spotted white back.

Hoot:  hoohoo-hoohoo…hoohoo-hoohooaw, with the “aw” dropping at the close.

Range:  Newfoundland/Quebeck/Saskatchewan to Florida through Texas, in wet or swampy woodlands (also ranged of Red-shouldered hawk). (Peterson)

This photo on 4/13/2013 caught by a solo paddler on the creek.  Owl flapped loudly to a branch about 14 feet downriver from kayaker and while the paddler was fumbling to get to the camera flew over the paddler to a tree just upstream.   Paddler turned upstream and with a strong single stroke paddled under the tree.  The owl turned from facing downriver to upriver where it was caught on camera.   We hear these owls from late afternoon throughout the night while camping at the Womack Creek campground.

Critters.

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