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image from the Barn Owl Trust
audio from the Owl Cam
by Joan H. Young
The ghostly face of the barn owl in the rafters is a childhood memory I cherish rather than fear. I took their presence all too much for granted. My father told me that they ate the mice and rats in the barn, and were nothing to be afraid of despite their eerie screams and hisses. A more vivid memory than their calls is the sound heard much more often, the echo of their heavy wings beating as they flew from beam to beam and settled on a new perch.
I haven't seen one for many years now, but I'd be happy to have one decide to haunt my barn.
Go to eNature.com to hear a professional recording of their voice. You can even download it as a ringtone for your cell phone.
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See The Owl Cam
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