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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 9 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 9 years ago

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

birdlady6000 9 years ago

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

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Thanks Forest, yes they most certainly do!

ForestDragon 9 years ago

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

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

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

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

Nayeli 9 years ago

Interesting series! very cute

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

thank you Annvan :)

AnnvanWijgerden 9 years ago

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

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

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

ChristyHolland 9 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 9 years ago


Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Thanku Leighanimal! :)

Leighannimal 9 years ago

A-dorable! Love it :)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

thanks Sachin

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Nice sharing,

Josh Asel
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Josh Asel

Sonoma, California, USA

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

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