Archive for January, 2014

The Barred Owl: Who cooks for you?

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Kevin brought these photos in to the Loon Lake Realty office of the rare siting of a Barred Owl.

Barred Owl in the pines in Wisconsin forest.

Barred Owl in the pines in Wisconsin forest.

Barred Owl in an Oak Tree in Wisconsin forest.

Barred Owl in an Oak Tree in Wisconsin forest.

Barred Owl in the pines in a Wisconsin forest.

Barred Owl in the pines in a Wisconsin forest.

Photo hint! The photo above was taken with an iPhone through the eye-piece of a pair of binoculars.

For more information about one of Wisconsin’s most elusive creatures here’s some additional info and links:

Barreds are fairly vocal with a repertoire of barks, hoots, yells, shrieks, moans and groans that penetrate the darkness. Their most familiar call is a low, mournful rhythmic eight-hoot often transcribed as “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for y’all” with the final drawled-out note sliding down the scale. On a still night, the haunting owl talk can travel a mile or more.  From:  Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine

This owl also has large horizontal bars or bands on the tail which you may see in flight against its gray feathered background. This is how the owl got it’s name, “bar–ed” owl. From:  Wisconsin DNR – The Barred Owl

Please feel free to comment about “Up-North” Wisconsin wildlife sitings of your own! Thanks!

 

 

Typical Winter Day in Wisconsin

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Loon Lake Realty sign during winter blizzard