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    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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Barred owl

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You can often hear the loud hoots of the barred owl atop Mt. Young.
 
You can often hear the loud hoots of this forest owl atop Mt. Young. Listen for the signature call: A series of clear notes and a final descending note: hoo-hoo-hoo, hoo-hoo-ho-hoooooaw (who cooks for you, who cooks for you all). Mostly nocturnal, they hunt small mammals such as voles, deer mice, and shrews.

These owls are stocky, with short tails and broad wings. They have charming faces with large, dark brown eyes, a distinctive hooked gold bill, and rounded heads with white rings. The upper part of the chest has a crosswise barred pattern, and the lower breast vertical dark brown streaks on white.
 
Fast Facts barred owl

Did You Know?

West Valley Road on San Juan Island

Many of San Juan Island's roads trace sheep runs cut by Hudson's Bay Company workers. They were led, in part, by Fort Victoria Chief Factor and colonial Gov. James Douglas, from 1853 to 1859. Many of the workers were Cowichan Indians from Vancouver Island.