Our Screech Owl Image – The Rest Of The Story

On our webpage, Mother Screech Owl with Fledgling, we talk about a pair of screech owls using our backyard nest box. Here is the rest of the story.

The first nest box we built was actually for red-bellied woodpeckers. The specifications on woodpecker nests are all smaller than needed for screech owlsspecs. I always thought the woodpeckers had thumbed their noses at it but Nancy insists that they had actually checked it out quite thoroughly. Apparently, the squirrels then found the nest box and gnawed the opening to make it more suitable for their own use.

Squirrel on owl nestbox
Squirrel on owl nestbox

When the hole size was right, the owls chased the squirrels off and began raising families.

Baby screech owl in our backyard nestbox
Baby screech owl in our backyard nestbox

After a couple of years, we thought that if they were going to continue, maybe we should build them a proper screech owl nest boxplans.

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By “we”, I mean Nancy would do the building on this project. The plans in the link are not the paper plans Nancy used, but they are similar. I just found these while searching and liked the step-by-step process and pictures.


We placed the nest box on a similar twelve-foot 4″x4″ post a few yards away from the original, but the screech owls continued using the now-familiar original to raise their young. Interestingly, the woodpeckers found the new owl box and began using it.

After the fifth year, we suspect something must have happened to one of the screech owl parents and they never came back. We have started hearing them again in the evenings and so continue to have hope that they will someday return.

Author: Bruce

Although I grew up in Garden Grove, California, I have lived here in South Miami longer than I've lived anywhere else in the world. I've been married to my wonderful wife, Nancy, longer than I was ever without her. We were both teachers. Nancy recently retired after 40 years. I have also spent time as an officer in the Coast Guard, a commercial property appraiser, and an electrical engineering student. Now I'm technical support for Bee Happy Graphics. That means I handle this blog, our web page, and all E-mail, I do all post-processing and printing of the images, I cut mats and glass and frames. If you have a technical question, I would be the one trying to answer it.

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