When Alyson and I first moved into our new home in Palm Springs, FL we saw some screech owls out front. We knew there was not rodenticide used on this property in some time (important to make sure!) so I went to building an owl box to see if they would like to take up residence. The rodent population, which was never that bad, is now non-existent! Talk about a natural rodenticide, owls are the best!
A few months later the box was habited by a very, very cute screech owl.
Photo by Alyson Gold
THEN, a month later we checked the box and found babies!
One week later, they lost their white down and are growing up!
No owls were harmed in this video. It bounced softly on the ground with mama owl not far away. If you are in a hurry, go to the last 15 seconds of the film to see the action. 🙂
The boxes are built of untreated wood and all-weather screws with the birds in mind and should last many years, so that means this small investment will provide shelter for hopefully a dozen or more babies over its lifetime! Yay for more screech owls!
Would you like the designs for a screech owl box? Click Here.
Want to donate a box created in your name? You can certainly suggest a location or I may pick one that I know needs a box, and I will take on installation free of charge and send you pictures! Minimum donation is $25 per box. 🙂
Want a pre-made screech owl box delivered to your door? Order one below:
Every box ordered will result in two boxes being built! One will go to the purchaser and one will do to an under-represented area for owl preservation. Double the good deed! 🙂