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 Post subject: Hooter Magic
PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:35 am 
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I was up at 6:30. It was barely getting light when I checked my camera at the bird bath to make sure the flood lights were actually working. A great horned owl was hooting from the south ridge near my neighbors house about a quarter mile away. What a treat! I cupped my hands and called back. No answer. I tried again. Still no answer.

I chuckled while making coffee: my hooting had scared him away. Maybe he was a young whippersnapper testing the waters, declaring territory that wasn't his. Twenty minutes had passed when I heard him call very close to the house. He was stalking the phantom hooter who was now stirring mush in the kitchen. What a thrill! I eased the noisy screen door open and stepped out the back door to hoot back. He was in the live oaks just below the potting shed, and I could hear the lovely tremelo in his second note: who-whoooo-who-who. I paused before calling back, and a moment later watched him fly into a oak about 50 feet away. I got my wife to come out -- and she actually saw his white throat patch the next time he flew. (My eyes aren't that good.)

He kept up the calling, trying to find me until 7:40, working the north and south sides of the house. But the phantom hooter was working silently at his computer downloading photos.


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 Post subject: Re: Hooter Magic
PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:40 pm 
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Well done Chris.

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 Post subject: Re: Hooter Magic
PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:46 pm 
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Looks like you sound like a wise old owl -- at least to another owl.

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 Post subject: Re: Hooter Magic
PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:07 pm 
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Hey that's a fun story.

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