Eastern Screech Owl

1/500s at f13.0, ISO:500, Canon EOS-1D X, EF800mm+1.4x III converter


In the next 9 images displayed below shows what happens after a meal. Most of the unfortunate animal is digested, but the parts that can't be broken down such as bones, fur, and feathers are regurgitated as a hard lump, called a "pellet," a few hours after the owl's meal. Eastern screech owls inhabit open mixed woodlands, deciduous forests, parklands, wooded suburban areas, riparian woods along streams and wetlands (especially in drier areas), mature orchards, and woodlands near marshes, meadows, and fields. They try to avoid areas known to have regular activity of larger owls, especially great horned owls. Their ability to live in heavily developed areas outranks even the great horned and certainly the barred owl, screech owls also are considerably more successful in the face of urbanization than barn owls following the conversion of what was once farmland . Due to the introduction of open woodland and cultivated strips in the Great Plains, the range of eastern screech owls there has expanded. Eastern screech owls have been reported living and nesting in spots such as along the border of a busy highway and on the top of a street light in the middle of a busy town square. They often nest in trees in neighborhoods and urban yards inhabited by humans. In such urban environments, they often meet their dietary needs via introduced species that live close to man such as house sparrows and house mice. They also consume anole lizards and large insects such as cicadas. They occupy the greatest range of habitats of any owl east of the Rockies. Eastern screech owls roost mainly in natural cavities in large trees, including cavities open to the sky during dry weather. In suburban and rural areas, they may roost in manmade locations such as behind loose boards on buildings, in boxcars, or on water tanks. They also roost in dense foliage of trees, usually on a branch next to the trunk, or in dense, scrubby brush. The distribution of the species is largely concurrent with the distribution of eastern deciduous woodlands, probably discontinuing at the Rocky Mountains in the west and in northern Mexico in the south due to the occupation of similar niches by other screech owls and discontinuing at the start of true Boreal Forest. because of the occupation of a similar niche by other small owls (especially boreal owls). Eastern screech owls may be found from sea level up to 1,400 m (4,600 ft) in elevation in the eastern Rocky Mountains and up to 1,500 m (4,900 ft) in the eastern Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains.
San Pedro House, AZ
 
01/31/2020