2015 summary

Site 1
No Nesting this year, female was seen last in april, male never seen after the snows of winter, a great horned and a barred owl were also near by but also seemed driven out by the deep snow pack of mid-late winter.
Screech Owls,
Male=red phased (seemed to disappear)
Female=gray phased
First Egg:
# of Eggs……………..
First Hatch:
# Hatched……………
Fledged ……………….

Site 2
No screech owls…sporadic calling of barred owls through out year.

Site 3
Screech Owls
Male=gray phased (confirmed 2011)
Female=gray phased (first seen 2013 nesting)
First Egg: early april
# of Eggs ………….unknown
# Hatched………… unkonwn
Fledged……………. at least 2 (early June 2015)

Male seen here near nest box a few weeks before fleging


Site 4

No screech owls

Site 5
Maryland successful nesting but details lacking
Screech Owls,
Male= ?
Female=red phased
First Egg ???
# of Eggs…………. ??
First Hatch ???
# Hatched ………… at least 2
Fledged ……………. at least 2

Site 6
No screech owls, great horned owl(s) still heard occ.

Site 7
no screech owls

Site 8
Screech Owls, at least 2 which nested nearby
again in 2014 did not nest at site 8, but nested near by with 4 owlets observed to have fledge!
Male= Gray phased (browner)
Female=Gray phased
First Egg …………Early/mid April
# of Eggs………….at least 4
First Hatch…………Early/Mid May
# Hatched …………4
Fledged ……………. 4 (3 fledged June 10th, one shortly there after)

Site 9
site 9 relocated 2014, Owl in Box with-in 3 days of installation (new record): after the 1rst year, a completely different pairing nested for 2015.
Screech Owls,
Male= Red phase (new for 2015)
Female= Gray phased (new for 2015
First Egg:…………….. 3/28/2015
# of Eggs…………….5
First Hatch: …………..4/30/2015
# Hatched…………….5
Fledged ……………….3

2014 Totals:
screech owl eggs ……11 + (massachusetts) 2+ Maryland
screech owl fledged…..10+ (massachusetts)
2+ Maryland.

Barred Success Sorta

Barred Site 2.

Unfortunately they didn’t use the barred owl box, but a pair of barred owls did nest near by or on Barred Site 2 as it appears they fledged 2 owlets in early July.

here is one of the recently fledged owlets from 7/8/15

Spread the Resistance: Repeat

This is the second year of successful nesting from clara in mass:
the update was sent to me in early june, so I was slacking in getting it up on the blog. Thanks for the update!!!!

Three baby’s were together in big tall pine down in the gully near tennis court like last year, another was in another pine they were all making noises two more heads popped down as I walked past the box one could have been the mom or even another one, battery gave out as I tried to get some pictures oh well got one good picture, see the two feathery bottoms and one looking at me… cool eyes. What a treat to have seen this little bit of life happening on a daily time line. Hope to find them in am and get some more pictures. Last year they moved to the woods near the back marsh you could hear them in the distance.

4 babys 002

fleding owls 008


Nicely Done

Site 8

It seems the owls have taken up here once again, they had been nesting near by the last 2 years, but this year they decided to take up here…from the owner

photos taken during the past week (June 5 – June 9). We watched at least 3
baby owls leave their nesting box this evening (June 10th). One baby remained in the box and it was too dark to see if any others remained in the box with it.

mom(red) and dad

2 owlets peeking out

Recently fledged owlet and mom…

my notes: thank you for the updates and great shots especially the last one!

Spreading the Resistance:TX

I wanted to share with you something we are so excited about! We woke up this morning to such a fun surprise! I bought an owl house from you back in February I believe and I loved that your house had a slot entrance just for the fact that if we had babies, we’d be able to see them all. This has been the highlight of the day for sure! We have three babies so far.



Wrapping up Success, and Distress

Site 9


From the owner

With all of the rain for the last 24 hours and more on the way- the mother owl returned to the box and was calling! We went out to see if the babies needed help and were in trouble and found 1 ( youngest baby we think) in a lower branch un protected from the rain and in distress! We put the ladder up to the box and then scaled up the little dead tree where the unprotected bay was! We pick it up – dried it off and placed it in the box with mom and they are so happy and the baby has perked up now
. They have been preening and cooing and the little one is safe for now . Searched for 2 hours and we could not find the other 2

stay tuned!



Got a bunch of photos, plus the observations from the owner, here is the wrap up from site 9

Eggs laid

3/28/15 – 1
3/31/15- 2
4/3/15– 3
4/5/15- 4

1 egg did not hatch

4/30/15 – 2 egg hatched
5/2/15— 3 and 4
5/3/15- 5 th egg hatched

4th owlet died 5/4

Successful fledging 3 healthy owlets


3 owlets near fledging


male with owlet


mom in tree near box as owlets are close to fledging


photo 1


First Egg

Site 9

This site has been busy and a bit confusing, as there has been what seems as a switcher-roo with owl couples. Last year the female was a red phase and the male was gray, this year the female is a gray phase and the male is red. There was also a period of time when it seem like the last year’s male was trying to hold on to the hollow, and perhaps this years pair usurped the box for themselves…Anyway I got a note today that the first egg has been laid! (Despite it snowing out!). Thanks you to the owner for all the observations!

From today (3/28/2015)

Hi.we have an egg from our gray brown female. The male brought a.mouse to her and tried to feed her.the red male brought in 3 mice yesterday. Box is full

(photo from 3/20)

Good news is there seems to be plenty of eats around for the owls, as the snow pack is still around but slowly disappearing


Our new red male is quite the hunter. He does something unusual as he takes
his prey and brings it out in the slot and hangs out there with it. The owls
we had last year never did this – but he takes it out of the box ( after he
placed it in the box during the evening). Yesterday we had a chipmunk, a
very large rat and a mouse. This morning there was another mouse. I suspect
we will have eggs in a week or two as they are storing up their reserves
now. They have been spending a lot of time together and then they take
breaks but always return to nest together a few times per week SONY DSC


We changed our red.infea red LEDs to non glow.white and now.the owls have different colors.we have a red owl this am.not sure if it is our original female or what. We have the other owl that we thought was a female maybe the morph is the male? The whitish owl is now a red one! See if you can decide on sizes I20150225_121128_resized

Catching up on Updates

I have a bit of a back log of updates hopefully over the next couple weeks I’ll be able to get up to date as we get close to nesting season…so I will start these from the owner of Site 8,

From Jan 16th

Last night I was lucky enough to see the red owl leave the slot box at about 4:55 pm. It was getting pretty dark by then, but I was able to track its flight to a tree on the edge of our yard. Almost immediately afterwards I saw a second owl fly in from the direction of the grey owl’s tree hollow. It met the red owl and although their silhouettes were partially blocked by a tree, it was apparent the two owls copulated! I moved to a window closer to the activity and I could still see the silhouettes of both owls.
I was able to confirm that the red owl is the female and the grey owl the male. Both owls lingered on their respective perches for nearly ten minutes before they flew off.

From Feb 11th

I haven’t seen the red female and the grey male together since our trip to NYC on Jan 24th to 26th. For the past two weeks only the red owl has been seen regularly in our yard, usually in the slot box at sunrise. On a few occasions the slot box has appeared to be vacant all day; only to see an owl appear at about sunset or even a little later. In the dimming light of dusk I cannot say for sure whether the owl was the red or the grey or even a new individual. The tree hollow used by the grey male is filled with snow, so I can no longer see two owls simultaneously.

Today the red female came to the slot box at dawn and was present at sunset. I checked a couple of times to see if she was still in the box as it got darker. By about 5:30 she had left the box. At about 5:39 I scanned the yard (looking west) to see if I could spot her silhouette. I spotted her in a short time and almost immediately a second owl swooped and copulated with her! I assume the first owl was the red female, but I could not identify the second owl, which flew off as quickly as it arrived. I got a second glance of it as it flew toward and over my vantage point at the door to our back deck. The female remained on her perch for a moment and then flew off. An owl appeared in the slot box. Seconds later an owl was following the same route toward me and over the house. It was too dark to see color, but the incident confirms a pair of owls are active in the neighborhood even though only one of them has been seen during the past two weeks.

From Feb 24th

Last night my wife and I watched the red female until she left the slot box at about 5:45pm. She perched in the crabapple tree for about 10 minutes until a second owl flew in from the west. After a short pause, the female flew across our yard and landed near the second owl. THIS OWL quickly flew over and copulated with the female. After that the female returned to the slot box and we lost sight of the male in the darkness. The red female very rarely returns to the slot box after leaving it at dusk; so something was different. This morning I watched an owl emerge from the round box to perch in the crabapple tree for about 5 minutes and then it flew into the slot box at about 6 am. In that light, the owl seemed different and as the light improved the owl is grey! Since the light was good I took 3 sets of photos to commemorate the event! Then … Surprise, SURPRISE the female appeared!

2015-02-24 Grey-Owl (11)

2015-02-24 Both Owls (4)

My notes:
Thank for the updates, what a great shot of the pair!

Female Change?

Site 9

There appears to be a change of owls here. The red phase female was seen earlier in the fall but it seem that she may be gone and replaced with a gray(ish) phase one.

From 12/21/2014

Hi I am having trouble deciding who this is as the owl is on the brown side,
not red and this is the one I have been seeing a lot of? It behaves like our
female from last year but in all light it seems brownish

From 12/27/2014 We confirmed today that it is a morph female and the gray male was here yesterday-took pictures and compared them- sad our red female is gone


New Female?

Keeping Pace

It is turning out to be a hotly contested owl challenge. With the unusually warm day, we took a family walk through the local beach and dune trails. Now, my wife had not gotten a point off of a snowy owl so far (including last year) so she was determined that she would this time. Her dedication paid off, as she grabbed her first point for a snowy owl (just happened also to be in great light). She pulled ahead 3-2. But the walk was not over and I needed to keep pace to keep the challenge competitive. I was able rebound from the earlier score, and picked up 1 point for a snowy as we were heading back to get things knotted at 3 points a piece to end the day as it started, all tied up.

The first owl as it was first sighted

Same owl as above, the trail did end up getting us a bit closer for a better photo .

The second snowy owl in some harsh light and set back further from the trail

All Tied Up

It actually was a 2 barred owl day, but only one counted as a point towards the owling challenge…Road side owls are worth a point if they can be photo documented or all together in the vehicle and all see it. Well this one happened to be first thing this morning. It caught my attention as it flew along the road, in the opposite direction as I was driving. I found a safe place to turn around and was able to quickly re-locate it. There was hardly any light so a b/w docu-shot was the best I could do, but it was good enough for the strict judging standards for the challenge… I was able to get a better photo of the woodlot barred owl in last post. But no point for that one. P1050860 P1050893

Not Going Away Just Yet

Site 1

A barred owl isn’t leaving the woodlot just yet, as one was found roosting ~ 150 feet away from the well used roost last post, no owls were in that roost this time. But as they say, the plot thickens…


The Roosting Tree

As I just posted the great horned owl has seemingly driven out the barred owl(s) from their wintering grounds. Now it seems that owls have a similar sense of what provides a good roosting spot. As the great horned was in a spot where, in the previous 2 ‘winters’, at least one barred owl has used regularly. I have heard this happening before, sometimes with in days..but it seems that there are prime roosting spots in the owl world. (the link is to a fellow ‘owlers blog network’ member that is in the UK.)

this photo was taken just about 2 years ago…2/12/13 barred owl notice almost the exact spot as the great horned owl

Almost exactly a year ago…12/31/2013,a bit different angle, just off the main branch, on a side branch, the great horned owl below is on the thicker part that bisects the barred owl in this photo.
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The great horned owl likes the same roosting spot, although it seems the asian bittersweet is slowly choking out this evergreen (spruce I think) out.
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New Sheriff on Site

Site 1

The last few years a barred owl had been spending its winters near this site. Last year a second barred owl showed up as well and as usual they disappeared for the spring. Then for seemingly one day a great horned owl showed up. But it was not to be seen again, until now (if its the same owl). I had noticed the absence of barred owls this year, and this great horned owl if taking up residence could help explain their absence. Great horned owls will prey on barred owls and any other smaller owls. The screech owls nesting box is about 1/4 mile or less away. Just as the screech owls had to avoid being preyed upon by the barred owl(s) they will have to avoid this great horned. Anyway the female screech owl has been regularly spending the day in her box including today.


female screech owl safe and sound for the day in the box
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Missed Focus…

Saw a barred owl yesterday…only got one shot off before it took off…missed the focus (on foreground cedar) actually had the focus on the 1/2 press but must have let up just enough to have the cam try to re-aquire focus and mess things up…by myself so no point for the owl challenge…that is all…cheers.



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