Eastern Screetch Owlet Peering out of Box

Screech Owl

This screech owl is often seen hanging out in an old Chestnut tree in her home,with nest inside, all different times of day. The tree is located in front of a lumber store office. She does not mind all the customers in and out of the office throughout the day. This year she had three babies. I took this picture in the middle of a cloudy day . I would never use a flash. I was surprised she has has eyes wide open sometimes and seems to be sleeping with them closed or half open other times

Eastern Screech Owlets

I have a eastern screech owl nesting box in my backyard. I was so lucky to see the owlets for one day after they fledged. Here are the two little owlets


Came home one afternoon and THREE owlets were in the Screech Owl box hole which is along side our gravel driveway, not far from the house. By the time I grabbed my camera, there was only one in the hole. This was taken on May 26, 2011 and have never seen them in this box since. We had contacted Cornell to see if they would be interested in streaming a nest cam in spring of 2012 which they were, but we only ever got squirrels in there despite our best efforts. The squirrels have won year after year. We do have a male Screech in another box that has been coming every year almost on the exact same day, but it is inaccessible as far as a nest cam goes.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology