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Squirrel escapes high winds hiding in screech owl nest box

By Gary Bogue
Monday, November 7th, 2011 at 7:40 am in Nest boxes, Screech owls.

Fox squirrel hiding from high winds in screech owl nest box. Photo by Steve Musso, Walnut Creek, CA
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Gary:
We had a little screech owl that lived in our wisteria a couple of years ago. He flew off when the leaves began to fall, so we put up an owl box, hoping he would return. Alas, no owl has ever lived in it. But this week, our resident squirrel (a teenager, I think, from the nest in the big tree nearby) took refuge from the high winds.

Once the winds died down, he moved back out. So he won’t be “evicted” by an owl! Yeah, by evicted, I mean eaten!
Nan Musso, Walnut Creek, California

Nan:
Hey, any port in a storm when a squirrel needs to get out of high winds!

When building nest boxes for owls, each owl species requires different dimensions for its box. The boxes also have to be places at certain heights off the ground for different species. Also, some (like screech owls!) need to be under trees because that’s where they like to fly, etc. Here’s a link to information on the correct dimensions for a screech owl nest: box http://gargravarr.cc.utexas.edu/owl/construction.html   There’s also lots of information on how and where the box should be located. This should help you have a better chance of attracting some screech owls to your box! Good luck! /Gary

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