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  • Photos by Danny Corcoran A mature Barred Owl is perched on the roof of the front door at the Corcoran family home on Woodside Drive. She watches her baby perched in a nearby tree.




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  • According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds website (https://www.allaboutbirds.org), Barred Owls have a distinctive hooting call of eight to nine notes, described as “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you - all?” This call carries well through the woods and is fairly easy to imitate.




  • One of the owls likes to watch the Corcoran family through the sliding door off their back deck.




Warwick resident Danny Corcoran shared these images of a mature Barred Owl and her owlet that have taken up residence in his yard. Here’s his story:

We live off of Woodside Drive in the village and first started hearing a call from the woods behind our house this past fall. We never saw her but would catch sight of a perfectly silent flash through the woods from time to time, never really getting a good look.

Two weeks ago we heard all of the squirrels and chipmunks squealing and saw her for the first time perched in a tree alongside the house. Since then she’s taken to perching on the roof right above our front door as seen in the picture. She watches the yard and swoops down on small critters without a sound.

Last week we saw baby. Very fuzzy at first and I was surprised that she took mom’s perch above our door because I wasn’t sure she’d be able to fly.

Since then they take turns in that perch. When baby is there, mom is always nearby. There may be another baby but I can’t differentiate yet as I’ve just gotten a few good shots of them. I’ve attached another spot she loves, which is our back deck. She loves to watch us through the slider.

We are able to walk just beneath them when we enter and they aren’t frightened or put off. My kids know to be quiet and respectful and love seeing them. We recently got some advice and bought an owl call that baby answers. She has a high-pitched squeak while mom is much more baritone - and loud.

They usually appear after 5 p.m. when there’s still daylight. When it gets darker they head for the trees.

We are very blessed to have this experience and my kids, Samantha 8, Nina 7, and Ryan 4, are delighted.






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