Barred Owls are fairly new to the Mendonoma Coast.

There have been two sightings of a Barred Owl in the past couple of weeks. They look very similar to Spotted Owls. Allen Francis photographed this owl.

barred-owl-by-allen-francisAnd Lita Gitt took this photo last week. Lita said the owl stayed perched there for fifteen minutes, while she even moved around and talked to it!

barred-owl-by-lita-gittA Barred Owl's stomach markings are vertical, and a Spotted Owl's are horizontal. The Barred Owl's call is said to sound like, "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all." You can see if you agree by listening here at this link at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

Thanks to Allen and Lita for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

3 thoughts on “Barred Owls are fairly new to the Mendonoma Coast.

  1. Suzanne

    I think Barred Owls are not friends of Spotted Owls and chase them out of their territory. Spotted Owls are becoming more sparse due to Barred Owl intrusion. Barred Owls are aggressive.

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