BACKYARD WILDLIFE

You might say my wife, Vicky, and I are easily entertained.

Most May evenings at about dusk, we can be found sitting quietly on the back deck, staring across the narrow back yard at a tallow tree by the fence. One of us will usually have binoculars, the other a camera. Attached to the tree is a box a little over a foot tall, and maybe nine or ten inches wide. In the upper third of it is a round hole, just big enough for a small bird to enter. It’s called a “Screech Owl Nesting Box.”

Does it attract eastern screech owls (Megascops asio)? To be sure. It was a birthday present for Vicky one November. The following spring, we saw an adult owl enter it. That was nearly 20 years ago.

 

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