Monday, December 7, 2009

Owl Nest Box and Habitat - Easy Project

A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?

Screech Owls are my favorite bird to photography, but are difficult to spot.   I am in the process of building a couple of Screech Owl Nest Boxes and Barred Owl Nest Boxes.  I do not plan to bother the owls during their nesting process, but I do hope to attract more owls to the area. 

While hiking just under 2200 miles on the Appalachian Trail this year I only saw a few owls and never had the opportunity to photography them.   I imagine I probably walked right by several without even knowing they were there.  I am getting better at spotting owls, but it takes time to train your eyes to look for them.   

We have a few rainy days ahead so I thought I would use this time to work on the project.  I want to build a couple of owl nesting boxes.   I am going to start with building a Screech Owl Box and wanted to share the link for the construction plans of the screech owl box.  I will make a post in a few days on the status and hope to give updates over the next year on the status of the box.

For more information on Screech Owls as well as other species please check out these links.
1.   Owl Box Blog - Great entertaining blog on Screech Owls and Backyard Birds
2.  The Owl Pages - Page with numerous links to information on owls as well as links to sites that sell owl boxes if you are interested in purchasing a box.
3.  Owl Cam Video - This blogger installed a cam in the owl box and posted a "best of" video at the end of the 2008-2009 season.
4.  Screech Owl Vocals.   Call 1    Call 2

Humor for the day - There was a family that had a parrot that was always embarrassing them by cussing and other stuff like that.
So one day the boy took the parrot and stuck him in the freezer.Two hours later the squawking stopped.
The kid checked the freezer and the parrot said, "Okay I'll stop cussing, but I have one question".
The boy said, "What"?
The Parrot asks, "What did the turkey do"???


Jeanne said...

I love owls too and always hope to at least hear them when we go camping. I have some pictures on my site of some owls that nested in a local city park. They were interesting to watch.

TJ Lubrano said...

Ooh simply beautiful! I love Owls! They have such a mysterious vibe over them!