This pair of Eastern Screech-Owls (megascops asio) have been observed in my yard since May 15, 2020. It is very exciting to have an owl pair for neighbors. Their presence has been noted earlier due to the pellets and droppings found at their favorite roosting spots. These birds are cavity nesters. They nest in natural tree hollows or those tree-holes abandoned by woodpeckers. Dead trees, called snags, are an ideal habitat.
These owls have been observed both mid-morning and at dusk, independently, perched in a nearby maple tree. At mid-morning, blue jays are often circling and cawing within close proximity of the owl, raising alarm of the predators presence.
The owl remains very silent and very still. At dusk, the singular owl will noiselessly swoop from a tree limb into the darkness, with their soft whinnies and trills easily identified. Enjoy the beauty of dead trees as they are significant habitat for many creatures. You, too, may find a nesting owl pair in a nearby snag.
Photo credit: Janet Gremli
National Audubon and Great South Bay Audubon continues to work for a safer environment. What happened to BYOB? – Bring your own bag?
It’s good to know that while so much of our nation had been stalled, conservation efforts are still moving in progressive direction.
We had great hopes to have a fun dinner, but people’s comfort levels are really not where they need to be in order for us to meet and have a successful dinner.