Saturday, 2-23-08 - North Woods Eastern Screech-Owls
Tonight started out with two young raptors, a Cooper's Hawk and a Red-tailed Hawk, playing what looked like tag. One hawk would chase the other and then vis-versa. Along the way, I found a Titmouse eating birdseed left by someone after the snowstorm.
A squirrel was in the male's normal roost, so we were concerned. Our concern for the male grew as fly out took much longer than usual. The hawks being around, so close to fly out, must have made the owls more cautious.
Both owls flew out from the same cavity tonight. This was the first time we have seen this occur this season. Was it because of the snow in the male's usual spot, the squirrel or has something happened in the nest?