prowl at Cook Forest
Cook Forest Env. Ed.
16, 2003 18:26 PDT
We had 1 osprey on the Clarion River just downstream from the 4
mile canoe launch yesterday, 10/15/03. He was perched on a
conspicuous snag on the opposite side of the river that split
into 2 trunks about 20ft up. I will look for him hear more
often, maybe it is one of his preferred perches.
We had an owl prowl tonight. What a treat. We had one saw whet
owl that let out one almost inaudible "toot" in the
Forest Cathedral. The real experience though was the 4 barred
owls "monkey calling" at the intesection of Coleman
Run and Jacks Hollow Road... great place for 'Shaggy Mane"
The first owl came right in on me on my 3rd call. He didn't
answer, but he almost landed on my head! I couldn't hear him,
but he hovered just out of arms reach above my head. I could
barely see him, but boy could I feel the wind on my face! He
then perched in a tree in perfect view of the crowd for the next
50 minutes. We were soon joined by 3 other barred owls who
proceeded to wake the whole woods up. It was a huge learning
curve experience. They were "monkey calling" right
there in front of us. It was definitely a special night. I
eventually just had to leave them there calling. It was getting
late, and I wanted to make sure they got a feed in during the
Cook Forest is truely a special place.
owl prowl at Cook Forest
16, 2003 20:16 PDT
My wife and I have had similar barred owl experiences while
camping in the Porcupine Mountain hemlock stands. Once, just as
falling asleep after darkness fell in the hemlocks where we
barred owls hooted in the distance: hoo hoo hoo-hoo, hoo hoo
hoo-hoo-aawwrrrrr. They called back and forth to eachother in
and worked their way closer in the full moonlight. Eventually,
on the hemlocks a dozen feet above our heads as needles shook
loose from the
branches and fell onto our tent. They continued to call loudly
forth for what seemed like an our before leaving. We
performance so much that we did not interrupt them. We quickly
when the left.
Another time, while bow hunting for deer until twilight, I
watched a barred
owl fly across a nearby clearing and land in a tree. A few
he glided to a closer tree. I was wearing full camoflage,
headnet over my face, so I was sure that he couldn't see me. I
owl take off and head my way. Silently, he glided toward me. He
straight for me and I thought that it was cool that he was going
to land in
the branch right above my head. Apparently, I looked like a stub
of a tree
trunk because he stretched his talons toward my face and began
with his wings as he prepared to land on my head. Shocked and
scared to be clawed on my scalp, I instinctively raised my arm
down. This startled the owl and he took off for his own safety,
not to be
seen again that night.
Ahh, owls... many times, I have been "buzzed" by
screech owls when walking
out of the woods well after twilight. It is amazing how bold
things get once the darkness is in their favor. They get very
near their nests and a hiker unknowingly struts by.
Now, we have occasional visits from great horned owls and barred
owls in the
bur oaks around our home.
I am particularly looking forward to their intense calling this
during their mating season in January or February, if I recall
I've had other close encounters with owls and calling them in,
but I don't
want to ramble on too much...