Max wrote:Great find, Rick. I'd love to see one--Western or Eastern--some day.
Nikon_nerd wrote:Great job Rick!
Most of the images I've seen of these guys, they are in a tree hollow sleeping. Don't see many pictures of them out in the open.
I don't know how you found it, but congratulations ! I really like the first two images.
RikWriter wrote:Max, I am shocked that you haven't see one already! You seem like someone who's seen it all!
Max wrote:RikWriter wrote:Max, I am shocked that you haven't see one already! You seem like someone who's seen it all!
I didn't see my first screech owls until last year, and both of those species were in Costa Rica (Variegated and Tropical). We have Western screech owls around here, but they're pretty tough to find (and are often found in a tree cavity on private property, so locations don't get disclosed). I just started reading a book about owls that tells the story of a "dynasty" of Western screech owls here in the Seattle area that disappeared after 25 years due to the arrival of Barred owls in the area. The author points out that Eastern screech owls and Barred owls have found a way to live together, but it's possible that the western variety hasn't adapted as well to the arrival of the Barred in the west in recent decades, and as a result is much harder to find these days.
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