Site 4

2015 summary

Site 1
Massachusetts
No Nesting this year, female was seen last in april, male never seen after the snows of winter, a great horned and a barred owl were also near by but also seemed driven out by the deep snow pack of mid-late winter.
Screech Owls,
Male=red phased (seemed to disappear)
Female=gray phased
First Egg:
# of Eggs……………..
First Hatch:
# Hatched……………
Fledged ……………….

Site 2
Massachusetts
No screech owls…sporadic calling of barred owls through out year.

Site 3
Massachusetts
Screech Owls
Male=gray phased (confirmed 2011)
Female=gray phased (first seen 2013 nesting)
First Egg: early april
# of Eggs ………….unknown
# Hatched………… unkonwn
Fledged……………. at least 2 (early June 2015)

Male seen here near nest box a few weeks before fleging

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Site 4

Massachusetts
No screech owls

Site 5
Maryland successful nesting but details lacking
Screech Owls,
Male= ?
Female=red phased
First Egg ???
# of Eggs…………. ??
First Hatch ???
# Hatched ………… at least 2
Fledged ……………. at least 2

Site 6
Massachusetts
No screech owls, great horned owl(s) still heard occ.

Site 7
Massachusetts
no screech owls

Site 8
Massachusetts
Screech Owls, at least 2 which nested nearby
again in 2014 did not nest at site 8, but nested near by with 4 owlets observed to have fledge!
Male= Gray phased (browner)
Female=Gray phased
First Egg …………Early/mid April
# of Eggs………….at least 4
First Hatch…………Early/Mid May
# Hatched …………4
Fledged ……………. 4 (3 fledged June 10th, one shortly there after)

Site 9
Massachusetts
site 9 relocated 2014, Owl in Box with-in 3 days of installation (new record): after the 1rst year, a completely different pairing nested for 2015.
Screech Owls,
Male= Red phase (new for 2015)
Female= Gray phased (new for 2015
First Egg:…………….. 3/28/2015
# of Eggs…………….5
First Hatch: …………..4/30/2015
# Hatched…………….5
Fledged ……………….3

2014 Totals:
screech owl eggs ……11 + (massachusetts) 2+ Maryland
screech owl fledged…..10+ (massachusetts)
2+ Maryland.

2014 Wrap Up

Site 1
Massachusetts
Screech Owls,
Male=red phased
Female=gray phased
First Egg: mid march
# of Eggs……………..at least 4
First Hatch: mid april
# Hatched…………….4
Fledged ……………….4

Site 2
Massachusetts
No screech owls…It seems a Pair of Barred Owl have been fairly regularly heard late summer and fall 2014, even in the day. Oh and the leucistic red-tailed hawk was last seen 3/13/2014.

Site 3
Massachusetts
Screech Owls
Male=gray phased (confirmed 2011)
Female=gray phased (new for 2013 nesting)
First Egg: early april
# of Eggs ………….4
# Hatched………… 4
Fledged……………. 4
(a day or 2 after June 8th, 2014)

Site 4

Massachusetts
No screech owls

Site 5
Maryland successful nesting but details lacking
Screech Owls,
Male= ?
Female=red phased
First Egg ???
# of Eggs…………. ??
First Hatch ???
# Hatched ………… at least 1
Fledged ……………. at least 1

Site 6
Massachusetts
No screech owls, great horned owl(s) still heard occ.

Site 7
Massachusetts
no screech owls

Site 8
Massachusetts
Screech Owls, at least 2 which nested nearby
again in 2014 did not nest at site 8, but nested near by with 4 owlets observed to have fledge!
Male= Gray phased (browner)
Female=Gray phased

Site 9
Massachusetts
site 9 relocated 2014, Owl in Box with-in 3 days of installation (new record):
Screech Owls,
Male= Gray phase
Female= Red phased
First Egg: mid march
# of Eggs……………..at least 1
First Hatch: mid april
# Hatched…………….at least 1
Fledged ……………….at least 1

2014 Totals:
screech owl eggs ……10 +
screech owl fledged…..9+ (+ 4) fledged near (but off) site 8 massachusetts
1+ Maryland.

Long Overdue 2013 Wrap up

This should have been done 4-5 months ago…good to get caught up.
If 2012 was a’down’ year, This year was a really down years compared to previous.
As Site 1 failed to fledge 2 owlets that died in box.

Site 1
Massachusetts
Screech Owls,
Male=red phased
Female=gray phased
First Egg: begining of march
# of Eggs……………..at least 2
First Hatch: ?
# Hatched…………….2
Fledged ……………….0 (both owlets died in box)

Site 2
Massachusetts
No screech owls…It seems a Pair of Barred Owl have moved in near by as they were heard regularly through the spring, summer and fall, even in the day. Oh and the leucistic red-tailed hawk was last seen 12/29/2013.

Site 3
Massachusetts
Screech Owls,Lost the red phased female (seen october 2012), replaced by a gray phase female
Male=gray phased (confirmed 2011)
Female=gray phased (new for 2013 nesting)
First Egg: end of march/early april
# of Eggs ………….3
# Hatched………… 3
Fledged……………. 3
(a day or 2 after June 2, 2013)

Site 4

Massachusetts
No screech owls

Site 5
Maryland may not have nested for 2013
Screech Owls,
Male= ?
Female=red phased
First Egg ???
# of Eggs…………. ??
First Hatch ???
# Hatched ………… ??
Fledged …………….??

Site 6
Massachusetts
No screech owls, great horned owl(s) still heard occ.

Site 7
Massachusetts
no screech owls

Site 8
Massachusetts
Screech Owls, at least 2,
did not nest at site 8, but nested near by with 4 owlets observed to have fledge!
Male= Gray phased (browner)
Female=Gray phased

Site 9
Massachusetts
Owners moved, site to be relocated: no screech owls seen, barred owls heard frequently.

2013 Totals:
screech owl eggs ……5 +
screech owl fledged…..3 + 4 fledged near (but off) site 8

2012 Season Wrap Up

A ‘down’ year compared to previous, most notably Site 8, did not have a nest this year as it was successful in 2011. With what little information we have, it might have been pestering starling that drove the owls out.

Site 1
Massachusetts
Screech Owls,
Male=red phased
Female=gray phased
First Egg: back calculated, 2-16-12 (+/-)
# of Eggs……………..1 (+4 infertile as noted by once broken no development)
First Hatch: back calculated 3-15-12 (+/-)
# Hatched…………….1 (one egg most likely froze)
Fledged ……………….1 (died about 8-9 days later, possible car strike owlet found on side of road)

Site 2
Massachusetts
No owls
per usual hear GHO, Barred and Screech fall 2011, last owl heard was Barred, July 2012.

Site 3
Massachusetts
Screech Owls,
Male=gray phased (confirmed 2011)
Female=red phased
First Egg 3/26/2011 (+/- 1 day based on 5 eggs visible 4-2-12)
# of Eggs ………….5 (one was infertile)
First Hatch 4 had hatched 4-22-2012
# Hatched………… 4
Fledged……………. 4
(2 fledged night 5-23,24-12, 2 fledged day(pm) 5/24/2011)

Site 4

Massachusetts
No screech owls seen, Tree with box fell with a storm on December 27,2010 not replaced for 2011,
Replaced with Slot SQR style in different location December 17 2012.

Site 5
Maryland
Screech Owls,
Male= ?
Female=red phased
First Egg ???
# of Eggs…………. ??
First Hatch ???
# Hatched ………… 1+
Fledged …………….1+ (one fledgling was seen in entrance early may 2012)

Site 6
Massachusetts
No screech owls seen,
great horned owls heard occasionally 2012, Screech owl heard August 2012

Site 7
Massachusetts
no screech owls seen for 2012

Site 8
Massachusetts
Screech Owls, 4 different seen and photo’ed 3 gray phased and 1 red phased
Male= Gray phased (browner)
Female=Gray phased
same pair used box through the fall winter into spring 2012, but no nest, reports of a starling in entrance april 2012

Site 9
Massachusetts
Screech Owls 2 (gray phased seen 12 days after installation, no sitings Feb-May, Gray and Red Phased seen June-August no confirmed nest
Male= ?(presumed red phased)
Female=?(presumed gray phased
First Egg none confirmed
# of Eggs.none confirmed
First Hatch none confirmed

2012 Totals:
screech owl eggs …….11 + (10 Massachusetts)(1+ Maryland)
screech owl fledged…..6 (5 Massachusetts)(1+ Maryland) (1 owlet died 8-9 days after fledging.

After a Year, Site 4 Back in Business!

Site 4

It was just about a year ago when a December 2010 storm brought down the tree that the owl box was on. I finally got around to finding a new location and installing a new slot style SQR type box. The old box was a bit of a prototype and actually used aluminum siding instead of vinyl, It never did get an owl, but didn’t have too much time either. Used the pulley system to install the owlbox. Anyway it good to have this site ‘operational’ again.

2011 Season Wrap Up

I was holding off on doing this hoping that site 9 would have a late nesting confirmed, but at this point I would be very surprised if fledgling are seen this late…but the summer activity does bode well for next nesting season.

Site 1
Massachusetts
Screech Owls,
Male=red phased
Female=gray phased
First Egg late pm 2/20/2011 or early morning 2/21/2011
# of Eggs……………..4
First Hatch 3/28/2010
# Hatched…………….3 (one egg most likely froze)
Fledged ……………….3
(1 fledged on 4/29/2011, 2 fledged 4/30/2011)

Site 2
Massachusetts
No Owls in Box,
House sparrows attempted,
Great Horned Owls nested 0.5 miles away…large owl pellet with rabbit remains at site 2.

Site 3
Massachusetts
Screech Owls,
Male=gray phased (confirmed 2011 perhaps new male for 2011)
Female=red phased
First Egg 3/30/2011 (+/- 2 day based on hatching)
# of Eggs ………….5
First Hatch 4 had hatched 5/1/2011
# Hatched………… 5
Fledged……………. 5
(2 fledged 5/28/2011, 3 fledged 5/29/2011)

Site 4
Massachusetts
No screech owls seen, Tree with box fell with a storm on December 27,2010 not replaced for 2011.

Site 5

Maryland
Screech Owls,
Male= ?
Female=red phased
First Egg ??? similar 2011? food delivery March 13th 2011
# of Eggs…………. ??
First Hatch ???
# Hatched ………… 1+
Fledged …………….1+ (one fledgling was seen in entrance)

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Massachusetts
No screech owls seen,
great horned owls heard occasionally 2011

Site 7
Massachusetts
no screech owls seen for 2011

Site 8
Massachusetts
Screech Owls, 4 different seen and photo’ed 3 gray phased and 1 red phased
Male= Gray phased (browner)
Female=Gray phased
First Egg 3/27/2011 (+/- 3 days extrapolated from fledge)
# of Eggs………….
First Hatch 4/28/2011 (+/- 2 days extrapolated from fledge)
# Hatched ………… 3 (maybe 4)
Fledged ……………. 3 all by 5/26/2011(maybe 4)

Site 9

Massachusetts
Screech Owls 2 (gray phased seen 12 days after installation, no sitings Feb-May, Gray and Red Phased seen June-August no confirmed nest
Male= ?(presumed red phased)
Female=?(presumed gray phased
First Egg none confirmed
# of Eggs.none confirmed
First Hatch none confirmed

2011 Totals:
screech owl eggs …….13 + (12+ Massachusetts)(1+ Maryland)
screech owl fledged…..12+ (11+ Massachusetts)(1+ Maryland)

The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Site 4

The GOOD news, the box was not being used by any screech owls.
The BAD news, well thats obvious, time to replace and relocate
The UGLY, well the box was one of my ‘squirrel resistant’ prototypes, trying to get dimensions, design and materials figured out. It also used aluminum flashing instead of vinyl. As such it was an UGLY box.

FYI, the tree came down in the recent Dec. 2010 blizzard.

Dispersal Season

Late Summer through fall is known as dispersal season with our resident owls. This is when, the parent owls reclaim their territory and juvenile owl try to find a territory of their own. Its a good time to listen at night as they tend vocalize as this plays out.
October also starts the Saw-Whet migrations into the area. Saw-Whet owls are very rare breeders in Massachusetts. They are more numerous in the winter as they move in from the North and West.

So far this season, Great Horned (Site 4), Screech, Saw-Whet (Site 8), and early this morning (4:00 am) at Site 2, a Barred owl was hooting.