I keep forgetting to post this. The last time I checked the trail cameras we’d had an unexpected visitor (note, this particular camera keeps resetting itself. Not sure why, so date/time are incorrect, all photos taken within the last month).
There’s video too, but I’m too lazy to upload that at the moment. But that folks is a Barred Owl! We’d been hearing them fairly regularly, but never ever expected to see one on camera!
And it puts me in a bit of a dilemma.
I’ve been wanting, for a while, to put up a Screech Owl nesting box, with the understanding that its the same size as what Kestrels want and either was fine. We know there’re Screech Owls in the area, their whinny like call is very distinctive, and I’ve seen Kestrels within a couple mile radius.
But the tree where we planned to put that box is just out of the frame on those pictures.
And we now know for sure that the Barred Owls are hunting there.
And it is possible to build a Barred Owl box.
And with a Barred Owl box we wouldn’t have to worry so much about the squirrels maybe taking over the box as the Barred Owls eat squirrels.