Sophia, Olivia, and I were camping in a yurt next to a forested area. As we were relaxing and enjoying the afternoon and early evening, we heard a variety of sounds we had learned about in the Wildlife Project Bowl through 4-H: coyotes, wild turkeys, a variety of birds, and then the call: "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?"
BARRED OWL!! we all said at once.
It was a lot louder than we thought it would be. Unlike other owls, this one will call and hunt during the day.
Some interesting facts about barred owls:
- they have no ear tufts;
- they have a large, round head;
- they eat mice, squirrels, shrews, rabbits, reptiles, and amphibians;
- the chest is barred (horizontal lines) with dark brown;
- the wingspan is 40-50 inches;
- the size is 17-24 inches tall;
- it likes to live in woods and wooded swamps; and
- it also can make sounds like barks, yelps, and screams.