By Gary Bogue
Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 6:58 am in Screech owls.
We have had Western Screech Owls nesting in our backyard for seven years now, and every year is exciting. The past three years we’ve had four owlets fledge successfully. Before that it was three each year, except for the second year when they abandoned two eggs. We live in a townhouse in the Rudgear area, so our yard is pretty small. Yet the nest box is only about 15 feet from the house in a redwood tree.
I was wondering whether there might be an interest in our owlet photos. I’m attaching a few to this email. They were taken with a little point and shoot, most of the time through a spotting scope, so we get these nice close shots. We’ve received so many comments about the first adorable little guy as he surveys the world for the first time. We think the adult against the liquid amber is pretty special, and the fledgling “branchers” in the trees are darling. BTW, we call this family of screeches “The Owlbamas.”
Marilyn Trabert, Walnut Creek, California
Are you kidding? Of course I’m interested in these delightful photos. People rarely get a chance to get a look at screech owls and these shots are perfect! I particularly like the photo of the adult screech pressed against the liquid amber tree. Now THAT’S camouflage! Again, thanks. these are great!
By the way, folks, these little owls are less than 9 inches tall. They feed on mice, small birds, insects, arthropods, lizards, small snakes, and the occasional Pacific treefrog. /Gary