Eastern Screech Owl
Live Eastern Screech Owl Cam
"Lizzie" & "Leo"
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Welcome to the 2019/2020 Nesting Season!
This owl box is located in Grapevine, Texas on a private residence near DFW. For the past two years, we have watched the resident Eastern Screech Owls, "Lizzie" & "Leo", through their entire nesting season from egg laying to fledgnig.
This will be Leo's 6th season and Lizzie's 3rd in the nest box. They have successfully fledged all 8 of their owlets together!
About Eastern Screech Owls
The Eastern Screech-Owl is found wherever trees are, and they’re even willing to nest in backyard nest boxes. These supremely camouflaged birds hide out in nooks and tree crannies through the day, so train your ears and listen for them at night.
Like most raptors, male Eastern Screech-Owls are smaller than females, and are more agile fliers and hunters. The female doesn’t hunt while on the nest; she and the chicks depend on food brought them by the male. Though the male is smaller, his voice is deeper than the female’s.
Smaller birds can help you find screech-owls during the day. Listen for a commotion of Blue Jays, chickadees, and titmice—they may be mobbing a screech-owl (or other raptor), swooping around it with noisy calls. This can be enough of a nuisance to make the owl move on, and it alerts other birds to the predator’s presence and teaches younger members of the flock about the danger.
Screech-owls regurgitate the bones, fur, and feathers of their prey in an oval pellet, usually once or twice a day. The ground beneath habitual owl roosts can be littered with pellets, and you can learn a lot from them about the owl’s diet. However, data from pellets may underestimate the number of soft-bodied animals, like worms and insects, the owl has eaten.
Eastern Screech-Owls of the suburbs may fledge more young than their rural counterparts, probably because their predators are scarcer in the suburbs.
Eastern Screech-Owl pairs usually are monogamous and remain together for life. Some males, however, will mate with two different females. The second female may evict the first female, lay her own eggs in the nest, and incubate both clutches.
The Eastern Screech-Owl is known to eat a variety of songbirds, including the European Starling. Despite this fact, the starling regularly displaces the owl from nesting sites and takes over the hole to raise its own brood.
Nestling screech-owls fight fiercely among themselves for food, and sometimes even kill their smallest sibling. This behavior, known as siblicide, is not uncommon among birds such as hawks, owls, and herons, and is often a result of poor breeding conditions in a given year.
Season Summary: TBD
- October 12, 2019 - Leo returns to the nesting box
Season Summary: Clutch of 6 eggs, 6 hatches, 6 fledges
- December 18, 2018 - Cameras go live
- March 1, 2019 - First egg laid
- March 4, 2019 - Second egg laid
- March 7, 2019 - Third egg laid
- March 9, 2019 - Fourth egg laid
- March 13, 2019 - Fifth egg laid
- March 17, 2019 - Sixth egg laid
- April 3, 2019 - First & Second hatch: "Wonder Woman" & "Bruce Wayne"
- April 4, 2019 - Third hatch: "Shazam"
- April 5, 2019 - Fourth hatch: "Groot"
- April 10, 2019 - Fifth hatch: "Ant Man"
- April 13, 2019 - Sixth hatch: "Storm"
Clutch of four eggs, four hatches, four fledges
- March 5, 2018 - First egg laid
- March 7 or 8, 2018 - Second egg laid
The egg appears to have been laid during the late hours between the 7th and 8th.
- March 10, 2018 - Third egg laid
- March 13, 2018 - Fourth egg laid
- April 5, 2018 - First, second and third hatches
- April 8, 2018 - Fourth hatch (first glimpse)
Clutch of four eggs, four hatches, four fledges
- March 14, 2017 - First egg laid
- March 16, 2017 - Second egg laid
- March 18, 2017 - Third egg laid
- March 20, 2017 - Fourth egg laid
- April 12, 2017 - First hatch
- April 13, 2017 - Second and third hatch
- April 15, 2017 - Fourth hatch
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