Night Sounds, Pt 1 – Barred Owls

Barred Owls (Strix varia) have a very wide-spread distribution throughout the Eastern United States, Eastern Canada and many areas in the West.

I have always held the belief that serious bigfoot researchers should become acquainted with not only the animals in their research areas but also birds and especially owls. Barred Owls make many vocalizations. Other than the familiar “who cooks for you” they also do screams, cackles and monkey like sounds. From the following recording you also notice how active and vocal they can be in the daylight hours.

While on expedition I have been surprised how many researchers are not acquainted with the sounds that Barred Owls most commonly use. Screams are one such vocalization that people confuse with other animals.

The typical Barred Owl scream can be heard in the following sound clips:

File # 120 – 2012.11.13 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 47 – 2010.04.15 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 26 – 2009.05.22 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 24 – 2009.05.07 – Barred Owl # 1

Single or double calls can be heard in the following sound clips:

File # 46 – 2010.03.16 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 38 – 2009.05.29 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 37 – 2009.05.29 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 25 – 2009.05.10 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 18 – 2009.04.30 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 14 – 2009.04.27 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 13 – 2009.04.23 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 11 – 2009.04.22 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 09 – 2009.04.18 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 07 – 2009.04.11 – Barred Owl # 1

Below is a listing of Barred Owls that I have recorded here in Central Illinois.

File # 129 – 2013.10.16 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 128 – 2013.09.22 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 127 – 2013.08.17 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 126 – 2013.07.03 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 125 – 2013.06.26 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 124 – 2012.12.15 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 123 – 2012.12.06 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 122 – 2012.11.24 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 121 – 2012.11.16 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 120 – 2012.11.13 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 119 – 2012.10.07 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 118 – 2012.08.22 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 117 – 2012.07.20 – Barred Owl # 3
File # 116 – 2012.07.20 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 115 – 2012.07.20 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 114 – 2012.07.13 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 113 – 2012.07.13 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 112 – 2012.05.15 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 111 – 2012.05.09 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 110 – 2012.05.09 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 109 – 2012.03.18 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 108 – 2012.03.06 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 107 – 2012.02.29 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 106 – 2012.02.26 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 105 – 2012.02.26 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 104 – 2012.02.24 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 103 – 2012.02.24 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 102 – 2012.02.21 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 101 – 2012.02.19 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 100 – 2012.02.17 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 99 – 2012.02.16 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 98 – 2012.02.12 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 97 – 2012.02.09 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 96 – 2012.02.09 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 95 – 2012.02.08 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 94 – 2012.02.05 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 93 – 2012.01.29 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 92 – 2012.01.22 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 91 – 2012.01.20 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 90 – 2012.01.18 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 89 – 2012.01.14 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 88 – 2012.01.13 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 87 – 2012.01.08 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 86 – 2011.12.25 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 85 – 2011.12.24 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 84 – 2011.12.15 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 83 – 2011.12.01 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 82 – 2011.11.21 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 81 – 2011.11.05 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 80 – 2011.10.27 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 79 – 2011.10.26 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 78 – 2011.10.23 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 77 – 2011.10.17 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 76 – 2011.10.04 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 75 – 2011.09.08 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 74 – 2011.09.01 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 73 – 2011.08.31 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 72 – 2011.07.28 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 71 – 2011.07.28 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 70 – 2011.06.15 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 69 – 2011.04.01 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 68 – 2011.03.30 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 67 – 2011.03.27 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 66 – 2011.03.27 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 65 – 2011.03.16 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 64 – 2011.03.16 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 63 – 2010.11.19 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 62 – 2010.10.28 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 61 – 2010.10.22 – Barred Owl # 3
File # 60 – 2010.10.22 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 59 – 2010.10.22 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 58 – 2010.10.20 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 57 – 2010.10.20 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 56 – 2010.10.15 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 55 – 2010.10.15 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 54 – 2010.10.13 – Barred Owl # 3
File # 53 – 2010.10.13 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 52 – 2010.10.13 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 51 – 2010.10.09 – Barred Owl # 3
File # 50 – 2010.10.09 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 49 – 2010.10.09 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 48 – 2010.09.12 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 47 – 2010.04.15 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 46 – 2010.03.16 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 45 – 2009.06.05 – Barred Owl # 4
File # 44 – 2009.06.05 – Barred Owl # 3
File # 43 – 2009.06.05 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 42 – 2009.06.05 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 41 – 2009.05.30 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 40 – 2009.05.29 – Barred Owl # 6
File # 39 – 2009.05.29 – Barred Owl # 5
File # 38 – 2009.05.29 – Barred Owl # 4
File # 37 – 2009.05.29 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 36 – 2009.05.29 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 35 – 2009.05.28 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 34 – 2009.05.28 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 33 – 2009.05.27 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 32 – 2009.05.25 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 31 – 2009.05.25 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 30 – 2009.05.24 – Barred Owl # 4
File # 29 – 2009.05.24 – Barred Owl # 3
File # 28 – 2009.05.24 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 27 – 2009.05.24 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 26 – 2009.05.22 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 25 – 2009.05.10 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 24 – 2009.05.07 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 23 – 2009.05.04 – Barred Owl # 3
File # 22 – 2009.05.04 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 21 – 2009.05.04 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 20 – 2009.05.03 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 19 – 2009.05.03 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 18 – 2009.04.30 – Barred Owl # 4
File # 17 – 2009.04.30 – Barred Owl # 3
File # 16 – 2009.04.30 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 15 – 2009.04.30 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 14 – 2009.04.27 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 13 – 2009.04.23 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 12 – 2009.04.23 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 11 – 2009.04.22 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 10 – 2009.04.18 – Barred Owl # 3
File # 09 – 2009.04.18 – Barred Owl # 2
File # 08 – 2009.04.18 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 07 – 2009.04.11 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 06 – 2009.04.09 – Barred Owl # 3
File # 05 – 2009.04.09 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 04 – 2008.05.18 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 03 – 2007.03.22 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 02 – 2007.03.20 – Barred Owl # 1
File # 01 – 2007.01.04 – Barred Owl # 1

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4 Responses to “Night Sounds, Pt 1 – Barred Owls”

  1. connie Nussbaym says:

    Is there a call that sounds like a bunch of apes going crazy? I had a who …who who.. then the forest went nuts with who who who who who and screams. saw the one owl was all. so cool!

  2. bird btain says:

    OH I've heard that in Vermont. Sounded like monkeys in the tree. Barred owls.

  3. Andrea Furber says:

    THANK YOU SO much for this. We were camping on the side of Mt. Rainier in Washington State and heard this scream. There was much debate over breakfast the next morning about what had screamed at midnight and resulted in pounding hearts and wide eyes until 3 AM. Debate settled. Barred Owls.

  4. stancourtney says:

    You're very welcome Andrea.

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