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Western Screech Owl

Megascops kennicottii


About 8 inches long, this little bird looks much like a miniature Great Horned Owl. Even though it is called a Screech Owl, it makes no screeching noise.


Forest, woodland area.


A release from the Sonoma County Wildlife rescue center. I love these little guys because each one I have handled has a ferociously small personality. You watch in laughter as they try, with lion hearts, to shred your hand apart with their little talons and beak but do no damage at all! :) Unfortunately messed up the ISO.

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Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

That's too bad birdlady. i wish i heard one in my area... ever ;p where do you live? and thank you Dixie :)

Dixie 11 years ago

I liked your notes, and pics (of course).

birdlady6000 11 years ago

I love these little owls. I haven't heard or seen one in our area for years.:(

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Thanks Forest, yes they most certainly do!

ForestDragon 11 years ago

They may not screech but they do make interesting noises!
If anyone wants a listen:

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

haha thanks guys :) yeah I think you can't be very far off Braulio ;p

Braulio Rivas Tapia
Braulio Rivas Tapia 11 years ago

Nice! I´m imagining the Owl saying: What are you doing? Where am I?

Nayeli 11 years ago

Interesting series! very cute

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

thank you Annvan :)

AnnvanWijgerden 11 years ago

Great series! Lovely moment... And what a wild, feisty creature - those eyes say it all!!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Yes, yes, and yes haha. Thanks for the appreciation Christy! :)

ChristyHolland 11 years ago

Adorable!! Best feeling in the world to release a bird! Remove the gloves and damage is definitely a possibility, unless you know how to handle your raptors!! They do have the heart of a great-horned!! ;-) Great series, Joshua!!

kittuandme 11 years ago


Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Thanku Leighanimal! :)

Leighannimal 11 years ago

A-dorable! Love it :)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

thanks Sachin

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 years ago

Nice sharing,

Josh Asel
Spotted by
Josh Asel

Sonoma, California, USA

Spotted on Dec 10, 2012
Submitted on Dec 10, 2012

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