the whistler

When I first moved here, it was not uncommon on my evening dog walks around town to hear eastern screech owls (Megascops asio) calling. It is a rare occurence these days. Granted, it is a secretive bird but I can't help but wonder if screechies are on the decline. I miss its call, a gargly whiney-like whistle, that prompted the titling of this sketch "the whistler".


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