2023 has been a year for owls. We had Great-horned Owls courting early in the year, their booming calls adding a sense of mystery to an encroaching twilight. The Great-horned Owls appeared to have a single fledgling, whose clumsy attempts at hunting brought it into constant attack from Bluejays, Grackles, and Mockingbirds. We could tell…
pair of owls
Dusk settles over a cypress swamp as a pair of barred owls prepare for an evening hunt.
Screech owl hideaway
A Screech Owl finds refuge in a hollow tree, napping by day while waiting for dusk to return to this corner of cypress swamp.
Barred owl, Strix varia, is a common sight along the Corkscrew Swamp boardwalk. Their hooting call “who-cooks-for-you” is often heard, wafting through the forest at night.