Over the years I've had the pleasure of watching gray morph eastern screech owls use my winter roost boxes but today I had my first tenant with a reddish tint. In my region, the rufous morph is less common. I don't know it's gender, but I think of this one as female. It seems larger than the slightly smaller males. To me, she looks like a pretty little miss with bleached tresses. I'm reminded of the old Miss Clairol ad -- "Only her hairdresser knows for sure."
Their common name of 'screech' owl is misleading. They do not screech at all, but call with a low, descending whinny and a muted trill. Lovely music to my ears!
|The rather kittenish face of a rufous morph eastern screech owl.|
|There are tabby-like markings atop the owl's head.|
|We gaze into each other's eyes. Her's appears judgemental.||'|
|From an old box on an old tree, she peers at something on the snow below.|
|What delicate blush work on those cheeks, my dear.|