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Eastern Screech-Owl Chick

Eastern Screech-Owl, Otus asio

 

Eastern Screech-Owl, Otus asio chick

 

While talking to a man about Wood Duck boxes that he maintained on his farm, I asked if he ever had Screech-Owls nesting in them as Eastern Screech-Owl, Otus asio, often do. he said that he currently had such a nest and kindly invited me to have a look. A quick look showed the nest box contained two large chicks, one of which you can see in the image above. The chick has just finished giving a rattle with its beak and hissed at us. We left them in peace and shortly after I saw an adult approach and enter the box.

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Taken on May 25, 2010