Two! But which owl is the original?

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Coralee, there’s TWO!!!!

Several hours after posting yesterday about the red morph Eastern Screech-owl the kids found in a dead tree’s cavity above our creek, Brian & Merritt found the owl again using binoculars in the yard, but s/he now had a mate! Another red-morph ESO!

Two red morph Eastern Screech-owls; Benton County; top right owl appears larger, so female?  Male on bottom left?

Two red morph Eastern Screech-owls; Benton County; top right owl appears larger, so female? Male on bottom left?

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Top right owl.

 They were dozing.  Opening one eye every now & then.  Roosting in a cedar/juniper tree just a few steps up-creek from the cavity.

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Top right owl, probably the female…which makes me think she is new.

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So who am I? This is the original owl we saw…do you think this is the owl in the top right or the bottom left? The bottom left owl is smaller & males are smaller.

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Click to enlarge. Bottom left owl appears both smaller & a darker shade of red, so I’m assuming male based on size comparison.

 Coralee would really like to determine which owl we first spotted in the cavity–the top right owl or the bottom left?  I posted the photos again above to aid in your decision-making…can you help us?  What do you think?  If this is a mating pair, the bottom owl would be the male as it is smaller…but was it the male or the female in the cavity earlier?  Thanks for your help if you’re able to comment!  Click on any photo to enlarge.

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8 thoughts on “Two! But which owl is the original?

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    • I’m so sorry I missed your comment and reblog, T. I have been completely remiss lately in anything blog-related. I feel quite badly about it. Hoping to get back on the horse & check out all the wonderful writing shared by bloggers I follow–including yours. I hope all has been well with you & your fam down in CO.

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