Eastern Screech Owl - New Jersey

December 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Red morph Eastern Screech Owl yawning:

Yawning red morph Eastern Screech Owl while resting in the tree cavity in Bergen County, New Jersey, USAEastern Screech OwlRed morph Eastern Screech Owl yawning - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

I took this photograph on the warm, fall afternoon in a public park, in Bergen County, New Jersey.

"Eastern Screech-Owls can be either mostly gray or mostly reddish-brown (rufous). Whatever the overall color, they are patterned with complex bands and spots that give the bird excellent camouflage against tree bark. Eastern Screech-Owls are active at night and are far more often heard than seen - most bird watchers know this species only from its trilling or whinnying song. However, this cavity-roosting owl can be attracted to nest boxes or, if you’re sharp-eyed, spotted in daylight at the entrance to its home in a tree cavity. This owl is fairly common in most types of woods (evergreen or deciduous; urban or rural), particularly near water." - CornellLab

 

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