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Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl Call

Recorded in Penrose, NC - Fall, 2007.

Eastern Screech Owls are usually solitary, nesting in tree cavities or nesting boxes in eastern North American mixed woods.  They can be found in residential areas and are always nocturnal.  The first time I heard one outside my window in Western North Carolina, I thought I was hearing the trilling sound of a raccoon.  In the books I had read, the Screech Owl's call was referred to as similar to a woman's scream.  On the contrary, this soft call in the night was comforting as the small owl passed by my window every night at the same time for weeks.

They feed mainly on insects such as grasshoppers and cicadas, but will eat small rodents and small birds.  Screech Owls have excellent night vision, as do all owls, and highly evolved hearing.

 

For more information on the Eastern Screech Owl from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, go HERE.

Photo courtesy of Owl-Pictures.com.

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