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Barred Owl

Strix varia


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!

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60 Comments (1–25)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

Thank you Michael and Juan! I have added it to the mission, Juan. :)

MichaelWeymannWenzel 11 years ago

Nice spotting!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 11 years ago

Nice picture J. Please consider including your picture in Mimetic animals mission

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

Thanks, Phil!

Phil_S 11 years ago

Great series!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

Thank you, Mac!

MacChristiansen 11 years ago

Congratulations J for SOTD

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

Thank you Leana, Maria, Jeannette, Leanne, and Auntie for your very kind words. They mean millions to me! Thank you for congratulating me and sharing my happiness! :)

auntnance123 11 years ago

Beautiful series, J, congratulations. My first photos of this owl: I understand your excitement.

LeanneGardner 11 years ago

Wonderful! Congratulations J :)

Jeannette 11 years ago

Congratulations J :D

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Ah, Jacob, so happy for you that you got SOTD - congratulations!:)

Congratulations J on this well deserved SOTD! :)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

Thank you so much, Nuwan, Claire, Willie, Namitha, Cheryl, Braulio, Reza, Daniele, Carol, Fyn, Victoria, Gerardo, Sergio, Adarsha, and António for your spectacularly thoughtful comments. They mean so much. To have such great friends who congratulate me on such achievements is wonderful in itself. I'm so glad to be able to share my spottings through Project Noah, and to make many friends along the way. Thank you all.

J my friend SOTD :-D congrats,great find,thanks for sharing

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 11 years ago

Congrats! Nice spotting!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 years ago

That is awesome, J, very deserved. Congratulations.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Congratulations J super nice spotting :)

congrats :) Owls are a favorite of mine :)

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 11 years ago

Awesome Jacob! I knew ya had it in ya! ;-) CCOONNGGRRAATTSS!!!!! Lol, Liam, I never have been like the other kids... ;-D Good goin' Jacob!!!

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

All nature spotters like myself would love to find an owl, any owl. You did it. What an awesome find and congratulations on Spot of the Day!

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Congrats on this encounter and beautiful series J!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 11 years ago

Yay J....Congratulations on this wonderful spot and a very well deserved SotD :)

Braulio Rivas Tapia
Braulio Rivas Tapia 11 years ago

It´s not the first time for Fyn on his phsychic powers!

Cheryl Lee
Cheryl Lee 11 years ago

Congrats J! Nice spotting!

Jacob Gorneau
Spotted by
Jacob Gorneau

New York, USA

Spotted on Dec 14, 2012
Submitted on Dec 15, 2012

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