Over the past two years we we've heard owl calls at night but we've never actually seen them. I did a little searching on the web and discovered that the calls are unique to the Barred Owl. Many folks believe that the call sounds like "Who-cooks-for-you" but to me it just sounds like "Hoooo-hoo--hoo-Hoooo". You can judge for yourself.
We would like to see the owls so I bought an owl house a few weeks ago and finally put it up yesterday. These are large birds so the house is really BIG.
Apparently, the owls need a clear flight path to the nest and like to sit on a perch to scout for food. I selected a gnarly old tree near the cliff with a clear path and a huge horizontal, moss-covered branch for a perch. I could only get it about 10 feet off the ground; as far as my ladder would reach.
The males scout out nesting spots in the early spring so we're hoping that a discriminating bachelor looking for an upscale residence will move in and start a family.