It took about an hour of hearing a squeaking noise in the woods to figure out what it was. We heard ascending squeaks that moved through the forest, first far away and then noticeably closer to the native plant garden at Sur de Mont. Finally, when it was very near and we could make out 3 distinct individuals squeaking, we got a glimpse of an owl in flight. Around the same time, we also heard an adult barred owl call. Mystery solved!
Sadly, I lost the recording I made when my phone was stolen shortly after this so I no longer have the audio evidence.
Owl sitting on a log in a creek in the Hoyt Arboretum.
Juvenile got caught in a barbed wire fence. Did not survive.
Danube (I think)
Danube, or Dan for short
Owls are a group of birds that belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g., the Northern Hawk Owl). Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland, and some remote islands. Owls are characterized by their small beaks and wide...