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The Barred Owl is a large typical owl native to North America. It goes by many other names, including Eight Hooter, Rain Owl, Wood Owl, and Striped Owl, but is probably best known as the Hoot Owl based on its call.

Dudley looking over the fence. Bird of the Week for July 9, 2012. Photo courtesy of Carolina Raptor Center.

* * TAKE WINGS TO CLIMB THE ZENITH, OR SLEEP IN TREES OF PEACE, BY DAY THE SUN SHALL KEEP THEE, BY NIGHT THE RISING STAR. [Egyptian Book of the Dead