The Backyard Universe is truly a hub of activity lately… every evening the mockingbirds are giving the little Screech Owls a difficult time when they make their appearance known. You can’t miss the disturbed calls of the mockingbirds and the hisses of the Screech owls. It was at this latest activity that I decided to read online about Screech Owl Boxes. They had a nest last year in an old palm snag however that snag fell over this year. After doing some research I ran across a website for the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center located in Palm City Florida. They actually had a .PDF file with information about Screech owls AND how to build nesting boxes for them. It just happens that the boxes for the Screech Owls can also be used by the American Kestrel. Click here for the Download .PDF link to make your own Screech Owl Nesting Box.
We placed our box up onto a Bombax (African Floss) Tree, part of a stand of them that is along the back of our half acre. Now we watch and wait to see if the box is noticed and who takes interest! The box took only a couple hours to make and cost us $13.00 in pine. It will weather over time. Please be sure to follow the directions of the .PDF, don’t paint the box. Now when I go outside I have yet another possible source of activity to keep an eye on. We have raised other clusters of Screech Owls here, watched them grown up… I hope you will consider placing a box in your neighborhood backyard. A big thank you to the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center for making the easy to follow directions available. Check out their website! AND be sure to visit my new Photo Blog called Metta Nature Photography Click on the images there for full page views of everything else *outside* of my BackyardUniverse coverage.
Image of an Eastern Screech Owl sitting on a stump in the BackyardUniverse.