It seems as though mid(ish) October seems to be about the peak of owls returning to hollows (or boxes)in MA. Some may come back earlier…some a little later but if the peak of hurricane season is mid september, I would argue the peak of screech owls taking up hollows in MA would be midish October.
Anyway, an update from the owner:
Our female red owl returned on Sunday morning October 19! We were so happy to have her back in her box. We have installed a bird cam so we can see what is going on in her box. She has been in her box ( except for 1 day) every day and has an established routine already! Today she has a small rodent in her box and we have not seen that happen yet! Last night she flew out and joined up with another owl( her mate or her little owlet from the spring). We are looking forward to documenting their behavior.
Thanks for the update! and I would most like say that it was her mate that she met up with…Screech owls tend to kick out their young in Late Summer- Fall