We’ve had screech owls living in one of our oak trees as long as we’ve lived here. They usually nest in this hole.
A few years ago we built and posted a kestrel box and an owl box. The owl box is just below this hole, but they’ve never shown any inclination to move in.
The other day while I was doing dishes, I looked out the window and saw this:
Hopefully, he’s moving in to stay!
It looks like someone is trying to tell me that it is way past time to clean out the old nests from the wren house on the porch! I haven’t heard the wren yet this year, but it is obviously here! I don’t like this style of wren house – the slot to open and clean it out is way too small for all the sticks the wrens put in it.
Heard the screech owl whinnying this morning as I stepped out my door at 7. And when I left work at 3 this afternoon, a flock of Sandhill cranes flew over the parking lot! The day was sunny to cloudy and 38 degrees this afternoon.
Daughter saw a very small and very reddish squirrel in our back yard today.
Feeder watch & yard watch:
- House Sparrows
- House Finches
- American Tree Sparrows
- Mourning doves
- Downy Woodpecker
- Tufted Titmouse
Categories: Birding, Feeder Watch, Montgomery County, Spring, Yard BIrds
Tags: american tree sparrow, dark-eyed junco, downy woodpecker, eastern screech owl, fox squirrel, house finch, house sparrow, house wren, mourning dove, nests, northern cardinal, sandhill crane, tufted titmouse
My wonderful husband is very supportive of my addiction to nature. He attended the American Kestrel Partnership workshop given by the Indiana Audubon Society at Cool Creek Nature Center back at the first of February.
He then proceeded to build me a kestrel box according to their specifications.
Finally yesterday, the weather was cooperative enough for us to mount the nesting box on one of the big maple trees across our second drive today. The kestrels have nested nearby maple, but the power company has marked it to be cut down. We are hoping to lure it to the new box. We hope to add another box on the opposite corner of our 3 acre plot. Conservation chair Jeff Canada said we could probably support two kestrel nests on our property.
Our land is a 3 acre wooded plot set in the midst of farmlands. We also hope to put up a similar box for the screech owls that we have nesting here every year. There nesting hole is in a branch that overhangs our power line and every year I am afraid that it is either going to blow down in a storm or the power company is going to cut it down.
I’m hoping hubby will make a few chickadee and wren houses to add around the property. We have quite a few old and holey trees on the property and the birds and mammals have no problems finding homes, but I want to be as nature friendly as possible.