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Eastern Screech Owl

Megascops asio

Description:

A small owl, they have round heads and ear tufts. This is the gray morph, and he blends into the tree so well! We had walked past him 3 times before a nice man asked us if we had seen the owl, and pointed him out to us.

Habitat:

They are common throughout the eastern US in mixed woods forests. This guy was at the visitors center at Laguna Atascosa NWR.

Notes:

This was my first screech owl, and he was very adorable and it was very exciting :)

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14 Comments

Lovely!! and beautiful tree (pic 6).
I understand now why I have not seen any owl.. they can be right on your face and not see them!! : o

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

It has your eyes, Ashley! :-)

AshleyT
AshleyT 8 years ago

They are adorable, Sharni! I love them too :)

AshleyT
AshleyT 8 years ago

Thanks Antonio and flowerpatch! It will happen one day :)

SharniM
SharniM 8 years ago

These are my favourite owls because of the way they manipulate their face for defense. They're adorable!

Flowerpatch
Flowerpatch 8 years ago

Oh my goodness!!! He looks part of the tree bark! Amazing! I have yet to see a owl in the wild!

Beautiful capture Ashley,congrats and thanks for sharing

AshleyT
AshleyT 8 years ago

Thanks Carol, Gerardo, Aj, Tom, Rieko, and Karen! Such an adorable little guy :)

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Great camouflage!

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

I love the tree too (your last photo)!

Tom15
Tom15 8 years ago

Congratulations on your first Screech Owl and great pictures!

Ajwerko
Ajwerko 8 years ago

Nice series!!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Great spot and camouflage !

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Pretty tricky owl. Matches perfectly. That is so amazing how the owl looks so much like the bark down to the pattern and color. Great spot! And your first Screech owl. That is very exciting. I can't wait to spot an owl someday.

AshleyT
Spotted by
AshleyT

Port Isabel, Texas, USA

Spotted on Mar 8, 2013
Submitted on Mar 21, 2013

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