Check out the latest podcast by John Hartog, a pair of Short-eared Owls. T=
hese birds are quite difficult to record. John's recording has samples of =
the male hooting, the female screech, and the male wing-claps. Listen at w=
ww.7Loons.com or the iTunes Store (free) under the podcast "Soundscapes for=
Here is what John says about his recording:
"An early morning sageland soundscape featuring short-eared owls (Asio flam=
meus) with barks, hoots, wing-claps, flybys and other interesting behavior.=
This excerpt begins with the Wilson's snipe winnowing in the distance and a=
surrounding chorus of sage thrashers, vesper sparrows, and savannah sparro=
ws. Then some rapid wing beats can be heard which sound like two greater sa=
ge grouse landing nearby - right in the middle of the ensuing owl activity.=
Toward the end there are some great flyby sounds from a circling bird my g=
uess is this is a an owl, though it could be a northern harrier as a pair w=
ere noticed nearby. Recorded at Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Lak=
e County, Oregon, May 20, 2009, 05:31 am." John Hartog
John Hartog lives in Portland Oregon, and he enjoys visiting natural areas =
around the state and throughout the Pacific Northwest in search of good loc=
ations for quietude, observing nature, and recording.
Through his natural soundscape recordings he hopes to share his appreciatio=
n for natural quiet and to promote efforts of natural ecosystem conservatio=
n and restoration.
Visit his website at rockscallop.org.