Greater Vancouver, Lower Fraser Valley, Chilliwack, Hope, Lytton, Whistler, Squamish, Powell River, Howe Sound
By Glen
About 11 pm on June 14 I heard what I took to be a barred owl calling outside my home on Burnaby Mountain. These are commonly heard in this neighborhood. When I opened the door to listen I became aware of a second owl also calling, making a duet with the first, and it was making a sound that reminded me of a crying cat. My wife thought it reminded her of a whale call. I used the Merlin Bird ID app on my phone to id the song, and discovered that my owl sounded just like a female spotted owl.

Is this even possible in a second-growth forest in suburban Metro Vancouver? If not, perhaps the bird was a spotted/barred hybrid. Any thoughts?

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