Great Horned Owl (Great Horned)
Bubo virginianus [virginianus Group]
1 Adult Female
1 Adult Male
Social context: family
James E., Jr. E Richardson
8 Sep 1994
- 7.0 km SW of Graceville (WSW)
- 30.9325 -85.5947222
- SONY TCM-5000EV
NOTES: Slightly before dusk; Altitude 12-56m; Range status territorial and territorial paired; breeding; Sound rate delivery normal; Humid; Season: summer; General habitat: woods, rural, coniferous, grove; Cover density sparse; Strata in habitat high, trunks/limbs; Water association none. Temoerature upper 80s F. Equipment: equalization none; copy recorder none. parabola 30.5/10.2 cm.
This family of owls was recorded in a small Pine grove, bordered to the NW by a highway to the NE by a small field, and to the S by my yard and house. It is unfortunate that this event occured during one of the busiest times of the day for the highway. This family of owls has frequented my yard and surrounding property since we moved here in 1992. In 1992 they had two juveniles, both of whom used the typical 'screech' begging call. This year they have one juvenile who uses this trumpeting or honking begging call. This call was heard from mid-August to mid-October and has since not been heard. The adults have continued to sing to one another throught the fall.