This week’s photo, taken March 25, 2016 on private property north of Seattle, WA, features a WESTERN SCREECH-OWL in an owl box. Actually, the owl is more than halfway out of the box, but you get the picture. Photographing the owl was a challenge because I had to aim through a tangle of foliage, resulting in the blurry effect in the foreground of the image.
This was the first time I’ve ever seen a WESTERN SCREECH-OWL during the day. When I lived at the spa in Mexico, a couple of times I saw a shadowy figure at night, but I never got to see any detail.
On several occasions, however, I heard Western Screech-Owls after nightfall. Their whistled hoots start slowly and then accelerate. The rhythm of its song may remind you of the speeding up sound a ping pong ball makes as it repeatedly bounces on the ground.
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