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Old 05-17-2010, 12:23 PM
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How to wake from a sound sleep @2:00AM

We have a pair of Hoot Owls (Barred Owls) nesting in the woods behind our house. Our explosion of chipmunks this spring is dwindling to kind of a mild puff in the past couple of months. The owls sit in one of our big back yard oaks and eat (kinda messy!!). While they hoot all the time, middle of the night - eerie. Listen to this and think - 2:00 AM, you are sound asleep, then the 'swamp thing' is coming:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fppKGJD3Y6c


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That would be cool to hear.

We live two blocks from the local zoo, sometimes it is as if we live in the jungle, well except for the seals.
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I love those Owls - - - - I made a call for locating Gobblers during Turkey Season and it mimicks the Barred Owl - - - it is a very good call for locating Gobblers just like a shock gobble would be - - - - the feller that taught me how to use it said - - - "put the call to your lips and say 'who cooks for you' " - - - if you listen to the video you will hear that sound !

I've been camped out on the River Bottom in East Texas on a bright moonlit night and dozens of them would cut loose - - - what a sound they could make in the still night air.
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Down in South East Texas we had a pair of Owls who took up residence in a water tower near my house. Their vocals at night were something to hear. We think they had a roll in the disappearance of a neighbors chihuahua .

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Watch Out Old Cat!

We have the owls year round, they hang out in the mid level of the trees and watch for prey or soar when they're in the hunt mode. When they start diving on prey, my wife always worries about our old cat. He was a good hunter in his day, but he's about 14 yrs. old now and only has two teeth left. He spends his time outside looking for the softest place to sleep, with cover from the big owls. Oh, and no kidding, my wife had our yard registered as a wildlife habitat. She got the certificate today, called it "LULU'S GARDEN". If I don't get a little fill dirt in the back, she may start a crawfish farm. HAA!!
oh, great video Dave, fascinating to watch.
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I guess we could qualify on the wildlife habitat too. The birds range from the tiny - hummingbirds, four kinds of woodpeckers, a pair of wood ducks to owls and up to 25 turkeys at one time, opossums, foxes, deer, rabbits, a coy dog or two, squirrels, skunks, a few chipmunks are left ...... and of course, the favorite of us all, swarms of skeeters from the two areas of swamp. And this is in a suburbia development, but at the furthest end of our town (we're the most Northern property in a town of ~40K). The owls are the most interesting at this point - but their 2:00am courting

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I didn't know NY had skeeters. OLNOLAN can vouch for this, the skeeters in South La and South East Texas are so big they have "N" numbers on their wings. .

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I don't have very many Owls, where I live.. mainly chipmunks, grey squirls, and rabbits are starting to come back... also have a bear or 2 that come around every once in a while..
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I guess we could qualify on the wildlife habitat too. The birds range from the tiny - hummingbirds, four kinds of woodpeckers, a pair of wood ducks to owls and up to 25 turkeys at one time, opossums, foxes, deer, rabbits, a coy dog or two, squirrels, skunks, a few chipmunks are left ...... and of course, the favorite of us all, swarms of skeeters from the two areas of swamp. And this is in a suburbia development, but at the furthest end of our town (we're the most Northern property in a town of ~40K). The owls are the most interesting at this point - but their 2:00am courting

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Sounds like our neck of the woods.. And yes the skeeters are big here.. I don't know about the ''N'' but sometimes they can past for birds that bit !!!! THEY ARE WORST THEN A BUNCH OF BEE'S !!!!!

And they are the ''KING'' of the night here.. They won't even let you go outside at night..LOL
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Oh yeah - skeeters here are probably not so big, but they make up for size by sheer numbers. Then of course is the scourge of the North woods - black flies. Add the two together and April through May and sometimes June can be unbearable outside. You should have seen me on a ladder this weekend painting windows and waving a paint brush at those critters. Luckily we haven't had too many of the black flies. Maybe the Dunks we put in the swamps worked on them instead.

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I didn't know NY had skeeters. OLNOLAN can vouch for this, the skeeters in South La and South East Texas are so big they have "N" numbers on their wings. .

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I seen one the other day that had a couple of ticks on it!
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I seen one the other day that had a couple of ticks on it!
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I didn't know NY had skeeters. OLNOLAN can vouch for this, the skeeters in South La and South East Texas are so big they have "N" numbers on their wings. .

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I've always said they should be designated as Louisiana's state bird! Haa!
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Last night I had the bedroom windows open, off in the distance I could hear "who cooks for you" There were at least two of them going back and forth.
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the "Leroy Brown" of all skeeters are those little black ones that you fiind along the Gulf Coast in that saltgrass marshes.

"OUCH !" doesn't begin to explain it
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