With the release of our latest song White Pine Trail we decided to share a bit of this 6yr adventure that’s become more than just a song.
The adventure started with our research on owl communication and nesting territories. We were several years into the development of our calling techniques and decided to attempt to record any owls that may come to our calling. This project in itself is still ongoing. After countless attempts we were able to capture several recordings of Barred Owls, Screech Owls and Great Horned Owls. One of our best recording of Barred Owls is featured in our single Woodbridge.
We have mapped 11 pairs of Barred Owls and 4 Great Horned Owls during our main focus on a section of the White Pine Trail. The remaining 1 1/2 mile section of White Pine Trail has yet to be mapped but our team is confident there are more owls that have made White Pine Trail as part of their territories.
The pair that are featured in White Pine Trail are a nesting pair of Barred Owls. The communication took place at a territory boundary. A meadow was serving as a territory boundary and the birds are coming to tell the owl they just heard not to come closer.
We never made a call response once the owls arrived so they could know they were successful at saying this is our territory to the owl they heard. They returned deeper into their territory after a few minutes. This vocalizing capture was done mid-August and at this time of year juvenile owls can join parents, but no juveniles were vocalizing at the time or after the recording.
Our song White Pine Trail features the full vocalizing session of these Barred Owls with a sound scape of crickets and Slovak wood flute.