We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The large Barred Owl, like our Great Horned Owl, is hooting, nesting, and laying eggs about now, up here. You can hear his deep "Who cooks for yoooo? Who cooks for you-all" across the frozen nighttime moon-lit marshes.
It's tough being on the bottom of the food chain. In the uplands, rodents have to deal with the Red-Tail during the day and with the Great Horned at night; in the lowlands with the Red Shouldered during the day and the Barred Owl at night.
More about Barred Owl here at CLO. Also, somebody made a Barred Owl Cam. It seems that they will use large nest boxes, but I have only seen them using old hawk or crow nests. Their range and numbers are expanding. They are the same species as Spotted Owl, since they interbreed. Different races.
We've been hearing them all winter here in the woods behind our house all winter (mid hudson valley ny). Their call sounds almost dog-like and when i played the sound from the cornell site my two dogs went ballistic. They thought that crazy bird had found it's way into the house
We had barn owls, of course, but no great horned owls. I first made the acquaintance of a great horned owl in Oakland, while visiting a friend. He was at work and had left me to entertain myself, so I walked across the street to a lake and park. As I walked around the lake, I happened to look to my right and in a tree, at eye level and only about a foot away, there sat a great horned owl. It was quite a large, impressive critter indeed.