March 7, 2017

The Owl Nesting Box has a new occupant. Can you guess what it is?

Hint:  It's not an owl.

Some years ago, we installed an Owl Nesting Box in our backyard, hoping to attract an owl to help with rodent control.  We hear screech owls at night, and have seen them in the neighborhood.  My husband Jim installed the nesting box, 10 feet high on a post set in concrete.

What happened?  Well, we waited ... and finally got an occupant.  Screech Owl?  Barn Owl?

Nope.  A squirrel.  As in a pregnant squirrel.  Followed by a litter of baby squirrels.

And the squirrel occupation and baby squirrels during spring nesting season has repeated itself several time since.  Based on observations yesterday and today, looks like we'll have a mama squirrel occupant again this spring.  She sure is hanging on the roof of the owl box a lot, thoughtfully checking out the vacant digs.

One thing, though ... Hope she understand dogs Sid and Lexi have very high small prey drives.  Lexi has caught 3 backyard squirrels, and proudly brought them to me to show me.  Sid tries, but he lacks the patience that Lexi has, who literally patiently lies in wait for the squirrels.

Here is a photo of a past year's squirrel-occupied owl box.  I'll let you know what happens this spring!

Never a dull moment in my backyard gardens!

Mary Rae Fouts

1 comment:

  1. I'm surprised the squirrel will nest there with your dogs. Maybe a dumb squirrel?


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