We went out for a drive to the ocean to cool off as it was very hot with the humidex at our place. When we got in we were on duck duty, water, food, reheat water bottles, change some of the wood shavings that got wet and spend some time talking with the duckies.
While getting ready to retire for the day we heard a strange noise outside. It was made by a bird or animal of some sort.
After a few minutes of listening to the intermittent noise I went outside armed with a flashlight. I scanned the bush where the sound was coming from but didn't spot anything, no animal shapes or reflective eyes.
The noise happened again and was coming from up in a tree. As I shone the light upwards a owl leaped into the air and soared across the driveway to another tree. The owl looked like it was a barred owl which is a species I was somewhat familiar with. We had them in northern Ontario where we used to live. I've even photographed them on several occasions. I heard their eerie call many times as well and it didn't sound anything like what I was hearing now.
A few minutes later I heard the noise coming from across the road where the owl flew to and then I heard it again where it was coming from originally. There were two of them! A few minutes later and the silence was interrupted by some branches breaking at ground level as an animal was moving about. I tried to spot it with the light but was unsuccessful.
I went back in the house after listening a few more times to the strange noise from above. I told my wife what had happened and that it looked like a barred owl. She found, on a website, the same noise we had heard earlier. It was from a juvenile barred owl.
I have to say that of all the owls I have heard, barred owls are a bit eerie. Their regular call is enough to spook you if you have never heard it before.
When you get a chance check out barred owls online and have a listen to what they sound like. Don't forget to listen to juvenile barred owl sounds as well. I've had the opportunity to see and photograph Great Grey Owls, Great Horned Owls, Northern Saw-whet Owls and the Northern Hawk Owl. The Great Grey makes the who who who sound. The great horned owls are fierce hunters. The northern saw-whet is very cute and the northernhawk owl look somewhat like a hawk hence its name.