Photo by Dave Kemp
Several days ago, my photographer friend, Dave Kemp, of Richmond, British Columbia, sent me this Short-eared Owl photo, which he took. I shared it with readers of this blog. Now, Dave has sent me a video of the same raptor. Dave shared this video with several of his online friends and one of them said this owl sounded like a cat. It's true, it does. While most of our 12 owl species in Canada make a hooting sound, a few do not. The Short-eared Owl is one that does not, except during the mating season when the male gives a hoo-hoo-hoo. According to my Royal Ontario Museum Field Guide to Birds of Ontario, both male and female give an emphatic, barking keee-ow sound. Click on the link below to hear Dave Kemp's owl. You will need to click on a second version of the link after you make your first link.
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