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