On Jan. 8, S. Sprague of Concord wrote my column, wanting to know if any of my readers have had success using screech owl nest boxes?
Many years ago we put up a flicker box and a screech owl has nested in it for about 3-5 years. The “spouse” seems to reside on top of the box under the eves of the house. (I am sure it is the male, God forbid the wife would have to sleep outside.)
It seems like every day around dusk a little head pops out of the box and watches us in our routines. Many times the little owl lands on the window sill and enjoys a good movie (really a die-hard 49er fan) with us.
Check out the attached pictures — they pretty much tell it all.
Tom & Carol Meyer, Galaxy Press, Concord, Calif.
Dear Tom & Carol:
Great screech owl photos! I’ll pass the information along to S. Sprague of Concord.
If anyone is interested in building (easy to do) and putting up a screech owl nest box to attract these great little owls to your yard, or barn owl nest boxes, or any owl nest boxes, here is a great Web site , complete with simple plans and instructions on where and how high off the ground to place the nesting box: http://www.owlpages.com/links.php?cat=Owls-Nest+Boxes
Have fun! /Gary