Oct 16, Barred Owl. Photo: Mark Peck/Great Backyard Bird Count Its gravelly hoots carry far, and sound almost like a muffled foghorn from a distance.
The Northern Saw-whet Owl may sound like co-co-co-co-co, which some people think sounds like a truck backing up. On migration they make a different note.
While not all owls are nocturnal, many are and the noises they make are often heard in rural, wooded areas where they nest. These sounds include hoots.
Feb 22, Owls emit a wide range of noises, some of which are easier to recognize than others. In hopes of making these moonlight crooners just a little.
Young owls give piercing screams when begging for food, while adults may scream to defend the nest. Adults make an array of other sounds, including whistles.
Most owls are nocturnal, and they use their voices to establish territories and attract mates in the dark. Several species begin nesting as early as midwinter.