Eastern Screech Owl

Hi there! It’s been awhile since my last post. But now, I’m ready to get going with some great new posts!! I took these photos back in November and it has taken this long to work through the hundreds of pics to share the best with you.

Eastern Screech Owl Red Morph, Lewes, DE

Three of us were going about our business, doing a little birding, when we met a nice couple who shared about this owl just a short drive away. Unfortunately, we have forgotten their names. After a bit, we decided to seek out this little fella. We drove to the site & fortunately, the couple was there already and guided us to the perfect spot! The above photo gives a sense of how far away this little eastern screech owl was. We would never have found him without the help of others.

As novice bird photographers, we began shooting pics like crazy, not paying any attention to the shadowy conditions. But then the gentleman who became our “guide” had pointed out that the light was changing and would soon be much better for photography. He was not kidding! What a difference light makes.

Eastern Screech Owl Red Morph, Lewes, DE

Eastern screech owls are only about 10″ long. They are often more of a gray or brown color but this one is a “red morph.” Despite their name, screech owls don’t screech. As with other owls, this one is nocturnal, hence his sleepy eyes. Come dusk, I’m sure this little guy perked up for a little evening munching.

Don’t know about you, but I’ve only seen two or three wild owls in my lifetime. Apparently, owls of varying types are all around if we just look in the right places for them. Experts say as you walk through or near wooded areas, look for holes in trees for owls and you just might spot one. Give it a try and let me know what you find!

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5

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