We do have lots of Great Horned Owls, which make your typically thought of owl noises. Much better than the incredible screeching noises of the owls above.
Next, we read about some general info on the Elf Owl and Great Horned Owl. These were fun to compare and contrast. We looked at size, sound, diet, habitat, and coloring. These were very helpful sites in this endeavor:
What Bird, Elf Owl (SHOWS A RANGE MAP)
Great Horned Owl:
What Bird, Great Horned Owl (SHOWS A RANGE MAP)
And we ended our day with some dramatic play with Scorpio, Caleb' s Elf Owl, named after scorpions their favorite food.