Uncanny Notes of the Barred Owl

Barred Owl; Okefenokee Swamp, Suwannee Canal Recreation Area, Georgia USA. October 24, 2020 ©www.williamwisephoto.com

Excerpt from Francis Harper’s Mammals of the Okefinokee Swamp, published March 1927:

“The denser cypress bays are places of deep shade and almost oppressive gloom, and yet have a certain somber beauty. Their atmosphere is typically expressed in the deep, uncanny notes of the Florida Barred Owl. This is the haunt of bats; the refuge of Bear and Wildcat when pursued by hounds and men; the home of the Parula Warbler, nesting in the vast drapery of Spanish moss; of the Prothonotary Warbler, a radiant form in the dim light; of the Cottonmouth Moccasin, lurking in the bushes; of chorusing Cricket Frogs and Green Tree-frogs; of wasps, with their paper nests; of Ivory-billed and Pileated Woodpeckers, and a multitude of other creatures.”

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