Echo Park bird (well, screeching) sounds at night

Photo by Mario Salazar

Last month, The Eastsider LA posted an article about an owl spotted right on our street of Scott Avenue here in Echo Park. Well, it’s been a couple of months since our neighbor Cecilia’s fiance took the included photo of the Barn Owl, and we’re happy to report it’s definitely still around!

How do we know exactly? Each night after sunset, it makes its presence known by majestically swooping down Scott Avenue followed by a terrifying screeching sound. At first it was alarming, but now it’s routine – we’re used to the beautiful owl and it’s alien-like noises it makes…. Thankfully the screeching is normal, and they eat those teeny and pesky little rodents.

One commenter on The Eastsider LA article notes, “This guy lives in a palm tree on Laveta Terrace. He’s been living here for a couple months now and has a mate with two little ones up in a nest. They may be somewhat noisy neighbors, but they’re beautiful and we’re happy to have them here.”

We’re thinking of nicknaming him, but need some help as we’re not feeling so clever tonight. Suggestions welcome!

Thanks to our neighbors for the photos!

30 replies
  1. norma says:

    the white owl has been there for years..even when i was a kid my mom would say that if you seen the white owl someone was gonna pass away…i know its old folk lore lol…i dont live in the area any more…..we lived on portia st its been there for years

  2. rosie says:

    I’ve been lucky to see them coming out for the evening a few times, they’re really beautiful. I also saw them one night flying in a circle together and I hear them almost every night.

  3. Jeremy says:

    Been hearing one every other night the past couple months on the other side of Echo Park on Montana and Coronado. Finally saw him last Saturday night tailing a cop car down the street. Got a great picture of it on the telephone wire. Beatifull bird! But that screetch is very eerie echoing through this little valley. Perfect for the upcoming Halloween.

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