Year of 2017

An eastern screech owl

Found in wilderness areas and near human settlements from the Atlantic seaboard to west Texas and up into Montana, eastern screech owls are well established in the US. This one’s pretending to be part of a tree trunk in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia. Eastern screech owls will even nest in backyards, but because they’re so quiet and well camouflaged, you may not realize how close they are. Don’t worry that they’ll attack you, though. They may look fierce, but these owls are smaller than a pint glass and feast on insects, worms, and small rodents.

The eastern screech owl or eastern screech-owl is a small owl that is relatively common in Eastern North America, from Mexico to Canada. This species is native to most wooded environments of its distribution, and more so than any other owl in its range, has adapted well to manmade development, although it frequently avoids detection due to its strictly nocturnal habits.
Scientific name: Megascops asio
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Screech owl
Eastern Screech Owl
Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio, grey morph).