Just reblogging ’cause the audio is so cool!
Who would win in a fight between a Cooper’s Hawk and a Barred Owl? Hold that thought. Now imagine it’s two owls versus one hawk. Okay, proceed.
Two nights ago, I had just finished some mowing when I heard a Barred Owl not too far away. Then I heard another, so I started recording them on my smartphone. What followed was one of the coolest wildlife spectacles I’ve ever experienced. Here’s the audio:
As soon as I started recording, it was clear that my local Cooper’s Hawk was none too happy with these Barred Owls. I don’t know what actually started the skirmish. Perhaps the owls had gotten a bit too close to the accipiter’s nest? Maybe it was the Coop who instigated the problem, by perhaps nabbing a fledgling owl? I just can’t say.
What I can say is that…
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