Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Eastern Screech-Owl

Here are some photos of an Eastern Screech-Owl in Eastern Ontario this winter:

Old trees are important for their holes and cavities, which supply both nesting and roosting sites for many species in Eastern Ontario including Eastern Screech-Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Great Crested Flycatcher and various species of woodpeckers.

The colour and pattern of birds' feathers are very important for survival. The gray morph Eastern Screech-Owl has chosen a hole in gray tree trunk to blend into the surroundings.

A bump on a log. Easy to overlook.

Good birding,

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