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Ruby Makes Alarm Calls at 9 Weeks

Adult females have a reputation for making a "wac-wac" call when alarmed around the nest (a type of double squawk that is also described as "barking.")  We only observed it a precious few times last year in the owlets, and honestly, the first time I heard it I was certain it was something other than an owl.  I had no idea an owlet could or would make this vocalization.

Ruby made the same call today at about 12:40 PM, so we have good color video of her doing it.  Perhaps the owlets make more different types of vocalizations when there aren't adults around to make them instead.

 

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