Who is that?

@ElicBxn (60894)
United States
December 9, 2010 9:40pm CST
So, I'm sitting here tonight, minding my own business and I hear something outside. The roommate came in to give me something and I asked if she heard it. Well, she's quiet for a moment, but of course so is the noise. As soon as she speaks it happens again, but she didn't hear it because she was talking! "I think its an owl," I told her. She listens again, but again it is quiet. After she leaves, I step outside and listen. Not one owl, TWO owls! One sounds further away, it hoots "hooo hooo hooo" and then the other one responds a moment later "whoo whoo". Then there is about 10 or 15 seconds of silence and then the first one does it again. They aren't in MY trees, but the closer one maybe across the street. These aren't my first encounters with owls, one night when Maggiepie and I lived in a little house in east Austin we heard the most AWFUL sound outside, went out with our flashlight and discovered a tiny owl making this HUGE noise in the big tree next to the house. The other time a friend, T, and I were driving around west Austin and we saw one in the headlights of the car drinking out of a puddle at the curb, again it was a pretty small one. I've seen bigger ones in rescue parks, but these were true encounters with the wild in an urban area. So, have you seen or heard any owls lately?
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• United States
26 Dec 10
not lately.usually in winter they're pretty quiet. in summer tho,particularily on foggy/warm rainy days i will hear them up in one of the nearby trees.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
27 Dec 10
yeah, they get confused when the sun doesn't shine, stay up late and wonder why the day doesn't start!
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@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
10 Dec 10
Yes, we have some sort of owl living in one of our tallest trees in the backyard. It must be pretty small since we have never been able to see it, but he or she is pretty loud, because we hear it all the time! The noise our owl makes is a traditional hooo hooo sound, not really unpleasant, just loud. Especially at 3:00 am.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
10 Dec 10
these guys were making a pretty traditional owl sound, unlike the one in the tree in east Austin, I think that was a screech owl! I'm glad it flew away before bedtime!
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
10 Dec 10
Beg pardon? You saw a car drinking out of a puddle at a curb? I thought they only drank through a hose that sticks into their hip. No? The Grammar Grundy strikes again, to have some fun at her BFF's expense. Sorry, but it was there. I hadda USE it. HADDA, I tell you! I've also had owl encounters before & after we'd met. Oddly, I grew up in the deep woods of northern Louisiana, yet never once saw nor heard an owl! Leave it to me to meet 3 here in the city! One night I was at the peak of Highland Ave., out for some fresh air, & just happened to glance down the hill at the intersection of my street with 5th St, & saw gliding straight down 5th--totally silently--a gray-white owl. That street's pretty well lit, so I saw it clearly--first owl I'd ever seen! Then it let out a long, haunting cry--but not the famous "who-who-whom" one...just a single, sustained note. It sent prickles of ice up my spine. My kingdom for a video-cam!, I thought. The other time (when I was alone), I was swimming in A.& O.'s apartment complex's pool, & was drifting across the pool on my back, eyes closed. I opened them just in time to see a large, brownish-gray owl sailing directly above me, about 20 feet up, tops. I had a pretty clear view of its underside, even though twilight was almost gone. I can still see all the owls I've ever seen if I just close my eyes. They are magnificent creatures. And I like their silence...though rodents don't.... Maggiepie "When I was young I was told that anyone could be President. I'm beginning to believe it." ~ Source unknown
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@vandana7 (68961)
• India
10 Dec 10
No. :) Near and far... I can only see buildings, and sewage pipes....
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
19 Dec 10
I've not seen or heard any owls for a long, long time. The last time I saw one was during the day at a wildlife park...they were sleeping. Before that, it was just on dusk and there was an owl on one of the speed signs just inside the edge of my little town.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
19 Dec 10
on a stop sign, how cool! I'd guess you stopped to take a look too, huh?
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
20 Dec 10
It was right on dusk so it was more of a silhouette than anything but I could see some markings. I was so excited because I had only been living here a few days...I thought this was a natural and often occurrence...I haven't seen or heard an owl since...it was my 5 year anniversary of moving here yesterday.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
30 Sep 11
A couple of weeks ago, I found a little solar powered, mosaic owl and he is sitting in mygarden, guarding my veggie patch. He lights up at night. I'm quite fond of owls. Thanks for BR Elic.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
18 Dec 10
Hi Elic I do not think I have ever heard an owl I mean I have on the TV but not in real Life I have never come across a real Owl either in my Life
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
19 Dec 10
I do know what you mean, I was well into my 20's before I saw my first one, nearly 30. It was hard to believe that little owl could make that HUGE sound!
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
14 Dec 10
There are some owls in at corner of a lot between a storge facility and a vacant lot. There are some shrubs and small trees there. Almost every night when I go outside to walk my dogs I hear them since we are right across the street. I'm surprized they are still there since the county had done a lot of work widening the street from 2 to four lanes. But they are still there and "who" to me nearly every night.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
19 Dec 10
That's cool, must be some rodents around for them to hunt.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
13 Dec 10
I only ever came across an owl once because we live in suburbia and there are not too many around here. One day I did hear one and I could not believe what it was until I went outside to our carport and there was this small cute owl sitting on one of the beams on the ceiling. What amazed me was that I got really close and it didn’t seem bothered by me until I turned on my heels in order to go inside to get my camera and the little owl flew to a nearby tree in our front yard where it stayed most of the day. I would have loved for it to stay in the carport a bit longer!
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
19 Dec 10
That would've been neat. I once found where an owl had been resting in the oak tree by my house, I found the remains of his dinner...
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11 Dec 10
Hi Elic, Its seems that the owl is your animal totum and its lucky to see or hear owls, as for me I live in the country and yet I have never seen one or heard one, my husband has, he once nearly ran into one on his bike late one night when he was coming back from work, I would love to see one as they are so beautiful. Tamara
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
12 Dec 10
Tam, some kinda cat is my totem, think about it...
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
10 Dec 10
hi ElicBxn I have not heard any birds here in Garden Grove but in the last place we lived there were two owls and a ton of crows.' one old crow , I say old as he had grey in his black feathers 'made it a habit to come sit on the window sill outsiue my bedroom windows. so I would go caw caw to him, and he went back caw. so I went caw to him and he went caw caw. so I began to think he thought we were talking but since I did not know crow language lol I had no idea what we were sayin. lol.but that crow was persistent, and once he sat there looked me inthe eye and went caw, caw, caw, caw. I just looked at him and stayed quiet, and another smaller crow joined him, she, I am guessing i was a she, called caw caw pause caw caw. and he did answer her with the same two caws then a pause and two more. then they flew off together.so I often wondered what that old bird was saying to me as he came back every day for a week l.ol. the two owls also had some sort of speech pattern that they used to talk to each other.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
10 Dec 10
I have learned the "danger" chirp of the local grackle population and if I'm walking toward them I will do the danger chirp, more of a cluck actually. The ones that hung around the complex this summer learned that I knew the sound and would fly out of my way just far enough that I would stop it. Now, a few weeks ago the roomie and I were at a drive thru and we heard, among all the grackle squawks and noises the sound of an actual CROW. We didn't see him then, but I was some place else and along with all the slim grackles was one big fat crow, he was bigger than the grackles and didn't have the male grackles iridescence black feathers. He was solid black, but more of a matte black color.
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@toniganzon (53565)
• Philippines
10 Dec 10
I wish to see an owl at night but I haven't seen nothing of it here. I think you are lucky to have experience it somehow although it's a little bit creepy. Seeing the wilds in urban areas could be a bad sign to us because it means that they're trying to run away from something. It could be the weather or their habitat is being destroyed. But i don't want to sound like an environmentalist here so I will end this comment now.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
10 Dec 10
actually, not really for certain animals, and owls are one of them small owls and bats do quite nicely in urban areas because the hunting is good and Austin isn't so urban that we don't have green spaces
• United States
10 Dec 10
I usually hear them more during other times of the year than winter. I'm sure they are out there still however I am saying this as in winter I don't stick around outside to hear the owls.... my priority is to get into the house before I freeze my tush off.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
10 Dec 10
but I am inside minding my own beeswax and they are out there annoying me actually, they've gotten quiet now, maybe they've gone hunting...
@scififan43 (2440)
• United States
5 Apr 11
No I have not heard of any owl latley. I am not srue when I last heard a owl, I am sure i have but it has been so long ago. maybe when I was in the scounts.
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@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
11 Dec 10
We used to hear an owl frequently but have not heard him for a long time. Maybe someone in the new addition that has been built behind the houses across the street complained to their Home Owners Assoc.
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@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
10 Dec 10
Cool! I have near seen an owl that close up before! I have not heard an owl in like forever! Once in a great while when I feed at the stable on saturday night I will hear a screach owl in the trees just on the other side of the fence line. With seeing an owl I really can't remember when i saw one!
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@GardenGerty (105192)
• United States
10 Dec 10
I saw a huge one on our way to Oklahoma before Thanksgiving. I have had some close encounters when taking a walk in the evening in the summer. Once we were quite a ways from home and heard one. He was right above our head in a tree. Another time I was walking by myself down the sidewalk about six blocks from my house and here was a small owl on an iron fence, in the shadows under a tree. I have had owls in my trees.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Dec 10
Mr. Hooty Owl makes himself known almost every night. We rarely hear two of them though...
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
10 Dec 10
not for a long time last was when we lived in Tenn over 15 years ago
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
10 Dec 10
I haven't heard an owl since around September--there aren't many here in my little city but we are surrounded by forest and farmland so I know there are a lot of them here. They just prefer to hang out in less populated areas! When I lived in Arizona I heard owls nearly every night when we lived in the "country" and there were lots of saguaros around. I kind of miss the owls, now that you mention it. They'll be back in the summer if there are mice and other food here.
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@Sissi321 (131)
• China
10 Dec 10
No,never seen it in the real world, i saw it through the TV.