Spreading the Resistance: WOW New Record!

I installed a box in Rockport MA, Sunday (2/23/14) around 2:00pm. On Wednesday around 5:00 pm I got a call that said they had an screech owl already! Figure the owl arrived early morning on Wednesday, thats less than 72 hours after box installation. That beats out the old record of 12 days by 9 days. Quite extraordinary and certainly not expected, as sometimes it takes years (if at all) to get a screech owl resident. Now to make it even more remarkable, Thursday (today) a pair of owls spent the day in the box! If they all could be this easy!

if you look closely a red phase to the right and a grey phase a bit recessed in the shadow to the left.

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3 comments

  1. I do tend recommend 2 boxes for that purpose, but have had successful nesting without it, so not a necessity. It does make things easier if not a mixed pair to confirm 2 owls. Anyway with this particular place, there really isn’t a great place for a second box, the only other suitable tree was right next to the main road, which as a last resort maybe an option. But there also is some good evergreen cover in close proximity which hopefully is suitable.

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