“September 12, 2010 at about 5 this morning I heard a screech owl calling in our backyard. It was a soft trill, which suggested the owl was close to the house. It called repeatedly while I was awake (about 10 minutes). No owl appeared in either of the two owl boxes when I made periodic checks during the day.”
Thanks for the report, hopefully this means good things for the season.
Just about a year ago, a great horned owl was heard. Sept 9, 2010 another(or the same) great horned owl was calling. Seems like there might be a resident GHO, might explain the lack of screech owls here.
Looks like this Owl is defying ‘conventional’ wisdom as far as Screech Owls and Boxes go…If anyone else has ever had a resident owl frequent a Box in late summer I would love to hear it… But to my knowledge this is basically unheard of. The owl has been in the box at ~ half dozen times since the 22nd. Including today. The Box faces south, and gets some mid-day/ afternoon sun, some of the days have been 80’s-90’s? But its wonderful to get an extended owl viewing season.