eastern screech owl (Otus asio)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 8? inches Wingspan: 22? inches
small, nocturnal, predatory bird
Large, rounded head with ear tufts
Dense streaking on underparts with finer barring
Some birds have rusty plumage, others dark gray
The eastern screech-owl is very similar in plumage to western and
whiskered screech-owls and is best separated by voice. Other small
owls lack prominent ear tufts.
Migration Status: Permanent resident
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: Cavity
Clutch Size: 2-7
Length of Incubation: 26 days
Days to Fledge: 27
Number of Broods: 1
Diet: Mostly insects, reptiles or amphibians, small mammals, birds
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May U
Su - Summer: June, July, August U
Fall: September, October, November U
Winter: December, January, February U
Crooked Run Valley