Eastern Screech-Owl

Eastern Screech-Owl

Small, stocky, cryptic owl.  Common in most wooded areas in the Eastern US, especially near water.  Gray or reddish with small ear tufts, yellow eyes, and tree-bark pattern camouflage.  Often detected by trill or whinny call, or by other birds mobbing it and making a commotion.   Often hunts at dawn or dusk for birds, small mammals and invertebrates by waiting on a perch and then swooping down.  Nest in existing holes or nest boxes; often pairs are life-long and monogamous.  Lifespan up to 14 years.  Population ~ 1 million and stable. 

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January 22, 2015