Strix varia, the Barred Owl, goes by a variety of names, such as: Hoot Owl, Striped Owl, Wood Owl, Rain Owl, Swamp Owl, and the Eight Hooter. The owl is characterized by a hoot which seems to be asking, "Who Cooks for You? Who Cooks for You?" usually followed by the last "You" fading to a quiet warble. The warble is sometimes observed to sound like an "All." Strix varia has very dark brown to black eyes, and lacks ear tufts. The stripes, known as "Barred" marking ranges from gray to dark brown.
Strix varia occurs in a variety of habitats, including coniferous and deciduous forests, usually with swamp or marshland nearby.
My first wild owl sighting I could photograph! I'm ecstatic!
Lat: 42.35, Long: -74.02
Spotted on Dec 14, 2012
Submitted on Dec 15, 2012
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