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Old 04-18-2017, 03:05 PM   #1
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Been trying to get a decent pic of our owl(s), just can't get it done with a phone. This is in our front yard in a homemade house. We've had the screech owls for a few weeks in the fall in past years, first year for a spring-time owl.

If they were in that oak tree, you'd never see it.
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Old 04-18-2017, 03:18 PM   #2
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Is that an owl box or a bluebird house? Looks like the hole has been knawed on by a squirrel
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Old 04-18-2017, 03:21 PM   #3
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Made special for an owl. I've had to clean out squirrel nests in the past. The owl will run them out, or have supper.

I do need to rebuild it better. I put it up on a whim thinking that we would never have an owl nesting.
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:31 PM   #4
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I wonder if owls will kill squirrels? I may need to build an owl box for the back yard.
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Neat pic! Thanks for sharing!

Yes owls will kill squirrels. Saw an owl snatch one off the side of a tree late one evening.
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:13 PM   #6
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Neat pic! Thanks for sharing!

Yes owls will kill squirrels. Saw an owl snatch one off the side of a tree late one evening.
Good to know. Might take the squirrel battle to a more natural level.

Nice pic too...
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:37 AM   #7
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That's cool! I would love to have Screech Owls, but I think we have too many Barred Owls for their liking.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:11 AM   #8
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I might need to try that in my backyard. What are the specs?
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:41 PM   #9
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Best to follow something like this- http://www.tcwild.org/new%20document...OwlNestBox.pdf
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Old 04-27-2017, 02:50 PM   #10
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Best to follow something like this- http://www.tcwild.org/new%20document...OwlNestBox.pdf
Can't get the link on my phone for some reason. Don't recall what area of town you live in, but I hear owls all of the time where I am. I think I'll build one of these. How high is it from the ground?

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Old 04-29-2017, 05:46 AM   #11
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Update- One of the adult owls has been spending a lot of time sitting in the entrance hole, we found out why. There are at least two young owls in the box, not sure how far they are from flight. They look furry and they can both peek out of the hole at the same time.

Our box is @12' up, facing east so it doesn't get a lot of sun.

Try this link- http://wildlifecenter.org/sites/defa...ox%20Plans.pdf
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Old 04-29-2017, 06:28 AM   #12
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That's cool!
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Old 04-29-2017, 08:32 AM   #13
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I put one up 5 years ago. The first year it sat vacant. The next spring a screech owl nested in it. Now the nesting pair returns every February-June. They raise 2-3 owls and leave the box by June. They remain in the backyard all summer. Pretty cool listening to them call in the summer evenings.

I always clean out the box at the beginning of February and fill with 5" of cedar shavings ( from pet store). They should return every year.
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Old 04-29-2017, 10:14 AM   #14
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We've had a screech owl box at each of our homes. We've had a nesting pair in each, but not year in and year out. Here are some pics from our family a couple years ago. We really enjoyed watching them.

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Old 04-29-2017, 11:21 AM   #15
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Very nice pics Casey.

DeerGeek, that is a nice box with the side opening. After the owls leave I'm going to replace my box with one similar to yours. Mine is a top hinge and very difficult to clean out.
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Old 04-29-2017, 12:30 PM   #16
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We've had a screech owl box at each of our homes. We've had a nesting pair in each, but not year in and year out. Here are some pics from our family a couple years ago. We really enjoyed watching them.

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Those are great pics, can you share what your technique was to light them up and get those action pics?

We have a wood duck and a hawk nesting in our trees this year, would be cool to have owls as well, just not sure if that would be the end of my daughter's chickens?
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Neat pictures!
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Old 04-29-2017, 02:58 PM   #18
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Will the same pair of owls use it each year?
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Old 04-30-2017, 05:55 AM   #19
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Not sure 16, did a little looking and couldn't find anything.

Unfortunately we did find one of the young dead in our front yard yesterday, no idea what happened. Mother nature is cruel.

We think there is still on in the box, will update later.
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Those are great pics, can you share what your technique was to light them up and get those action pics?

We have a wood duck and a hawk nesting in our trees this year, would be cool to have owls as well, just not sure if that would be the end of my daughter's chickens?
I used my external flash on my Canon 5D MkIII with my Sigma 150-600mm lens.
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