The barred owl in back of the house Sings it's song of contest. "Are you there? How dare you!" I have learned his song. I sing it back with all of the owl in me. His chicks must be near to hatching. His calls are more intense each night. Dawn will bring a murder of crows And small sparrows to nip at his wings, As the sun rises and he retires to a nest With mate sitting and waiting For parenthood to begin.