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Grey with barring. Deep black eyes. Mid-to-large sized owl. Loud hooting (hoo-hoo, hoo-hoooo) starting around dusk and throughout the night. More active in the day during mid-spring.
Woodland (here, suburban). Low-lying swampy area near stream with access to frogs and small mammals.
Encountered at 6:30am. Spotted this owl flying up to a low-lying branch. It stayed there for 15-20 minutes and looked around inquisitively. Frequently it would look down at the ground for small animals to hunt. Typically, barred owls drop from branches onto their prey.