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Old 08-08-2010, 06:37 PM   #1
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I have photographed both of the red and gray "morphs", or color phases, of the Eastern Screech Owl. This specimen appears to exhibit both color phases, throughout its entire head and body. Off to see if it is uncommon.
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Old 08-08-2010, 08:38 PM   #2
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It uses a birdhouse? Very cool!
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:20 AM   #3
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I put that wood duck house up in a tree to discourage "nest dumping", which is common in wood ducks. It has hosted screech owls every year, for over ten years. I believe that even city home owners could host screech owls by using wood duck boxes in trees.
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:03 AM   #4
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Default Screech owl nesting boxes

I've been thinking about putting up a couple here, but worry about rat snakes and raccoons.

This design seems simple and interesting, and much taller than most of the plans or pre-built houses I've seen.

Owl Shack: Owls want to live in your backyard!

I just worry about predators and squirrels taking it over--almost all the pictures on the site show them tree-mounted. . .
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:07 AM   #5
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oooh, must add Owl Houses to the list of things I wish I had in our yard.
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Teresa,

I wouldn't worry about snakes in your area. If the housing is used for roosting, an adult would just leave (remember that they roost and nest in tree hollows). They have young in early spring, usually before snakes are active. I have a lot of squirrels in the area and have only seen them investigate this box. I won't say that they would not nest in one. Raccoons can't fit in the hole (conventional wood duck size) and the box is too deep for them to reach any young. I put up a box that coons could get in, woodies used it and the coons got the eggs. I took the box down. Oh ya, if you research screech owls, you will find that they often add blind snakes to their nests.
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:27 AM   #7
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Here is the red morph that I shot years ago:
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This is the gray morph in the same box. This shot was also taken years ago:
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Almost forgot the gray morph with dinner waiting. I love the way they think that you can't see them with their eyes closed.
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That second to the last one is so darn cute you should use it as an avatar or something!!!
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