My Fourth Eastern Screech-Owl Of The Season
Juvenile Cooper's Hawk

Eastern Screech-Owls on Sunday

I felt I had neglected the Eastern Screech-Owl pair, while looking for the other Screech and the Long-eareds, so I went back to see them on Sunday evening.

When I arrived one of the owls was already visible.  We would quickly find out that the owl was sleeping alone. After fly out, the second owl came to join its mate, and they quickly copulated.  They then stayed close by.  They moved from tree limb to tree limb, but they seemed in no rush to fly off.

After about ten minutes, they slowly flew from tree to tree making their way to the top of a hill and then went across an exit road from the park.  We lost one of them, but were able to keep track of the other as it moved into a children's playground.  We were able to keep track of the owls for forty minutes after fly out.

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What may be the crimped end of an identification band.  This type of band was used for the birds that were first re-introduced into the park and were most likely used for the three fledglings that were just returned this spring.

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Our first view of one of these owls on the ground.  The owl was in a playground, which was locked up for the night.

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An owl on a jungle gym.  The bolts and beams give you a sense of how small these owls are.

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