The Female here has been actively (3-5x per week) using the purple martin pole box since september 20th This is about a month later than the first sighting the last 2 years. It was cleaned out of a Wasp nest september 11th, so hopefully that made the box more inviting for her, and perhaps was the reason for the delay. Anyway I could not help but notice the similarities between yesterdays photo and the one that was taken just about a year ago.
Yesterday, a yellow-shafted flicker decided to take a look-see in the box, I am guessing the owl was not around as flickers are known prey of screech owls. Flickers will also roost overnight in hollows this time of year. Seems like a precarious proposition for a flicker. Anyway the female owl was back today to reclaim ‘her’ box.
This Female has been seen since late 2008, but since I have been actively recording info (this blog) she has appeared october 13 2010 and October 11, 2011. This year she was first seen October 1 and was present again Oct. 2. when I got a pic. She could have been earlier by a few days, as it was very rainy over the weekend, but was Oct. 1 when she was first documented in the box. I won’t even begin to guess what the earlier arrival means.
(as a note when I cleaned this box there were 4 infertile eggs left so I will be updating last years summary.)