Well this is a surprize….I haven’t even finished all the reports from last season…But now Site 3 has had an unexpected owl visitor the past 2 days. Mostly screech owls return to hollows(boxes) in October (in the Northeast) as the leaves and temperature start to drop. Previously the earliest owl visitor was August 13 in 2011. So this beats that early visit by 2 weeks!
Anyway, as a wrap up from last year, this site had an owl very consistantly through January, but then the owl ‘stopped coming.’ So this most likely is a new owl trying to claim prime real estate. Low light picture has a bit of blur from a slow shutter speed/hand shake. Hopefully better ones to come.