There is an owl in the courtyard of the building where I live in California. I’ve never seen it, but I have often heard it. It goes “Hoooo” in a deliciously deep baritone voice. I love the sound, but it bothers me because it only hoots once. Owls are supposed to go “Hoo-Hoooooo,” aren’t they?
When I was a child, all my English story book owls went “Twit-Twooo,” and I just assumed that all owls sounded like that. Well, they don’t. The one I hear as I’m falling asleep just makes one long deep “Hooo,” and I don’t know if this is normal or if there is something wrong with my owl.
I’ve tried to find online a recording of an owl that sounds like mine, but so far I have had no luck. I’m left waiting for the other “hoo” to drop, without knowing if there should even be one.
I have a friend whose online avatar is of an owl because he’s a wise old bird. We met in person for a few days a couple of years ago, and we still maintain an online correspondence. It’s lovely to know I have a friend who lives on the other side of the continent, but it’s not quite the same as having a friend who lives nearby. We can’t drive each other to the airport or drown each other’s sorrows when necessary. It’s like half a friendship. The “twit” without the “twooo”.
Our owls have always said “Hoo” I’ve never heard of any other kind…
Ha! That’s funny, gpicone. One person’s normal is another person’s odd.
Hmmm… usually, around here, it’s “Huh-HOOOO!”
Must be a regionalism…
But look at it this way: be thankful you’ve got a hoot owl, not a screech owl!
Oh yes! I’m definitely thankful for that, Dave.