Yesterday, I heard the jay harassing something. Sure enough, it looked like one of our owl chicks.
I heard the blue jays screaming, I figured there was something going on. Sure enough, it looks like one of our barred owl chick.
Then, the last week of August, I heard a soft soprano "Who-cooks-for-you?" at 2:00 a.m., the next night it was 4:00 a.m., and then I just heard some hooting, not the full two sentences.
The full song is "Who-cooks-for-you? Who-cooks-for-you-allllll?"
The Owl Foundation is a registered Canadian charitable organization focused on helping wild Canadian owls that are injured or orphaned. The Foundation operates an owl rehabilitation centre located in the Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.Sandra wrote me:
Young owls may be dispersing so some can be more vocal at this time. Barred owls have a complex repertoire in addition to being one of our more vocal owls. The owl in your video does sound high-pitched as well. Like many owls, females have a higher pitched call than males and there is enough variation that individuals can be recognized by their call. Perhaps you can find some answers in the audio recordings at Macaulay Library, Dendroica or xeno-canto. The Owl Foundation also has these samples...