27 April 2015
Some of you may recall that I located an Eastern Screech Owl Megascops asio last year on a trail quite close to my house. I last saw the bird sometime in the fall and was never able to relocate it during the winter.
I have consistently checked the cavity, however, and imagine my great delight to find a bird sitting at the lip of the cavity on 27 April. Not only was this a cause for great rejoicing, the euphoria was enhanced by the fact that it was a red morph bird of this species, and only the second individual of this morph that I have ever seen.
Unfortunately neither Miriam nor I have seen it since - and for her it would be her first ever red morph bird. We will keep checking for I am convinced that a pair nested there last year, although I could never obtain conclusive evidence of that fact, but I am hoping that a pair has taken up residence again this year and that "our" bird has simply not been there on the subsequent occasions when we have looked.
Even though the pictures are not fantastic the bird can be seen very clearly and we absolutely do not wish to approach it any closer for fear of interfering with any breeding attempt which may be taking place.