Bird Sounds: Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl Call

November 11, 2018
Great Horned Owl

Listen to the call of the Great Horned Owl! Audio recording compliments of The Macaulay Library at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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Great Horned Owl

I woke up at about 3 a.m. one night and went directly to my front door! Stooping down to the lowest window and looked out at a beautiful snowy scene and a FACE staring back at me. It was a Great Horned Owl and he had just made a kill. It was a large animal - maybe a cat or raccoon - and when he saw me, he tried to fly with his meal but it was too heavy and he could not get any lift. He then decided to move his meal away from my vantage point. He dragged the kill - inches at a time - over my front yard and into my neighbor's front yard. Then and there he enjoyed his meal. The next day, there was a very bloody patch in the snow and a trail of blood leading to my neighbor's yard. Not a trace of the dead animal was there. It was a very impressive and magical moment in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Great Horned Owl

Hello. I live in Metro West suburbs of Boston. Over the last 6 years or so I frequently hear the owls communicating very close my house, usually during the Fall into the Spring. Last night (4am) there was a symphony of communication between a male and female. So great to hear these beautiful creatures. Cheers!


i have an owl living in a tree by my house. they had three chicks! hoping they will return

Great Horned Owl

We live on the western edge of Wasatch National Forest in North-central Utah. The end of August, 2019 there was a fire on our mountain. No human lives lost, but several homes were, along with so much vegetation. Our family love this area because of the great variety of wildlife we get to observe throughout the year; deer, raccoons, an occasional moose, turkeys, red foxes, hawks, and a great variety of birds. We were concerned whether that would continue after the fire. We’ve been pleasantly surprised to hear and see 2 Great horned owls again in the pines and other trees around our home. They’re very vocal from dusk until near midnight and again in the morning from just before dawn until the sun is clearly up. We’ve dissected their pellets with our grandson and found some pretty interesting “stuff”. This world is truly a magnificent gift. Let’s take care of it.

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I have seen him flying back in forth in the big oak trees at night on occassion and I was sitting on the end of my couch one night about 2 months ago with my front door open because I have a glass front door in front!! I turned around and looked outside and there he was sitting on the edge of my walkway about 5ft. from me!! I was astonished!! He sat there about 5 mins. turning his head to look at me I wanted to get a picture of him but I knew if I moved one inch he would fly off!! I was over the top with excitement! He stood about 2ft or a little more tall!! This is the very first time I have ever seen one in my life that close I could almost touch him!! It was incredible and by listening to the sounds of him I could identify him!!! AWESOME EXPERIENCE!! He lives here and hear him all the time at night!! We have several but I've only seen him!!

Great horn owl

10/16/20 at 9:00 pm let dog out, heard this very loud hooting. Thought neighbor playing joke. He kept answering me. I seen 1 years ago., This was right by my house. I live right next to Alley Pond Park, infact part is on my land. Hardwood forest right here. Behind environmental center Northern Blvd. I'm on a culdesac off Douglaston Pky. 52Ave. On 240 place. We also have Box Turtles for many years haven't seen any lately. Thank you for the GBOwl call Clara

Great Horned Owlets

We have 2 owlets by our house. They’ve been a great source of entertainment for our entire community through NextDoor.

Great horned owl

I have a great horned owl that lives in the field/woods behind my house is northwest san antonio texas! I can hear her calling kost often at night but sometimes dur iij bg the day as well!


In backyard tree. Neighborhood near LAX

Annual Residents

We live in Sea Cliff on Long Island's North Shore in New York. We have a pair that has been visiting near our home for years in late fall and winter, calling back and forth to each other from the tall trees in late evening. Their calls are so distinctive and loud, we can hear them with the windows closed. I never miss a chance to step out onto our back porch to enjoy the performance.

Horned Owl

Just heard one last night and am excited that they may have chosen my area to nest. It is such a comforting sound. I'm near Glen Williams, in south central Ontario.

Great Horned

I live in a sleepy quaint neighborhood in South Central Connecticut with a small lake as its centerpiece. Only human powered boats allowed on this bass type lake. I enjoy sitting out, both day and night to listen to the sounds of nature. Fantastic bird life through the seasons,
having birds of the forests, fields and also the birds that frequent bodies of water.
The sound of a Great Horned Owl is among my favorite sounds. During nights, when we can keep the windows open, their Hoo-Hoo- Hooooo... call is a most enjoyable night sound and entertainment.

Great horned owl serenade

Jan 23, 2019
Lucerne Valley, CA

Just moved to this area, ( left Los
Angeles....). And while walking property at night, familiarizing myself to new surroundings, I hear a Great Horned Owl, welcoming me to the neighborhood.!!
There was no doubt, whatsoever, that this was a GHO. I lived in northern Nevada most of my life, and I so MIISSED the "real nightlife" that nature provides for us.
I listen to him nightly now, when I take my evening walkabout.....

When I was living in Berkley

When I was living in Berkley,MA There were many nights I would be awakened by that beautiful sound. WOW. I had a Great horned owl in my backyard. I wish I could've seen it.

Great horned owl

6pm, December 18, 2018, Peoria AZ, I’m sitting at my desk working when a bird catches my eye right by my window. It seems awfully late for a bird so I get up from my chair and look out the window and there is an owl sitting on the roof staring at me! It startled me! Huge white rings around the eyes. I’ve never been so close to such a magnificent bird! When I called for my husband, the bird took off so I went outside. It had perched on the lamp post across the street. It hooted and then another owl flew in beside it! They sat there for at least five minutes hooting and screeching! Then one flew off to the back yard. I tried to find it to no avail. I went back to the front yard and the second owl had flown away too. All I can remember is looking out the window into the eyes of that beautiful owl and feeling a “connection” to it.

Great Horn Owl

Woke up at 4:30 to unfamiliar sound, listening to owl calls on my phone and matched the sound room a Great Horn Owl. I have lived here for 35 years and never heard that call before.

Hearing one right now

It is 12 AM. A great horned owl is on our chimney right now and hooting. I live in Round Rock, TX. Since he/she is on the chimney the hooting is reverberating through the home. Amazing.

Sounds of the night

My husband and I have a few Great Horned Owls near. One in particular has been hooting every night for a week now. Hoo-Hoo Hooo Hoooo Hoooo. I believe it has claimed a tall tree behind our house. Another flew over me when I took my dog out during the night. So majestic! Durham, NC

Great horned owl 2:45am

A gentle steady hoo hoo hoooo coming from by backyard woke me up at 2:45 am this morning. I wish I could catch a glimpse!! From Bloomingdale IL

Beautiful sound!

I’m sitting in my bed right now writing this comment. I have seen a great horned owl on our roof before and around the neighborhood but not until tonight had I heard him! I hope that he is sitting on our roof now singing his peaceful melody. Franklin, TN

Great horn owl family

We have at least 3 great horn owls hanging out in our tall fir trees.. We’ve been listening to them for a few weeks.. Tonight we were lucky enough to see one fly overhead. Park City Utah

GHO call

Wasn't sure what I was hearing until I cracked open the window to listen. A repeated 3 hoot call. I live near woods but this is the first time I've ever noticed this. Pretty awesome! Near Roanoke, Virginia

Woke to sounds of 2 Great Horned

4:44am. Northwest Gilbert AZ. Woke to sounds of hooting low and deep in the chilly 44 degree night. Very rhymic. And then response from another on a high note. Beautiful and haunting in the wee hours before dawn.

Owl Farm

I live just outside a small town in Wilmington,IL. I'm on about 3 acres and have lots of trees and silos in the back. Getting closer to fall I have been hearing the hooting of a pair of two great horned owls. Starts around 10pm and they go until dawn.

Great Horned Owl in Simpsonville South Carolina

Great Horned Owl in Simpsonville South Carolina
High pitch screeching,wingspan around 4 feet. Just Beautiful. Have also taken some pictures!
Have been in the neighbourhood for one week now. He comes around 7.15 pm on the same spot every evening.

Horned owl

I have seen 2 different ones in the top of a tree next door. Also heard them hoot but not screech. This was around 7pm, very majestic. They must like all climates cuz this was in Waco, Tx.

Heard the hooting of Great

Heard the hooting of Great Horned Owl at 8:30 pm (San Diego)

Great horned owls

High pitch screeching, almost like a sharp whistle. Approximately every 30 seconds late at night.
I've only seen it in flight once in eleven years. Amazing to hear. Drake, Colorado


Last few nights we've heard screeching of an owl, approx. every min or so, early evening and early morning (dusk till dawn), then we saw it fly across our yard, land on the neighbor's roof, swoop again to another neighbor's roof, wingspan of around 3 to 4 feet. Haven't heard any hooting though, only screeches, pretty sure it was scoping out my dog (25 pound) as it flew over our yard. Nice to look at, but would like if it left our subdivision to make sure it doesn't attack our dog or toddler...... strangely, we haven't heard any hooting.

I heard this owl and I

I heard this owl and I actually saw it the other night with my flashlight in a tree he didn't like it he flew away man was he or she big. I found feathers the next day and I had a coon problem he has been stalking the coons I think i hope he gets rid of them all I like my owl security guard he hoots away then another responds live from Cincinnati, Ohio.....