02/07/2013 - This is the beginning of the 9th year we have had Eastern Screech Owls nesting in our backyard. I think we have the same male again this year and maybe the same female. There is also a 3rd Rufous phase owl hanging around. Perhaps a young female. The rufous is only 7% of the population. It has a spot that is occasionally visable on the left shoulder.
The box is in a 1950s W. Fort Worth neighborhood, on a 1/3 acre city lot. Busy freeway a block away, other houses and people close by. Train yards 1 mile south and the NAS Joint Reserve Base is 2.5 miles North. Average 1st egg usually March 21 however, the last two years the first eggs have come the last day of February. Activity will be slow until eggs hatch. Watching the interaction of the parents and the young and the range of food items brought into the box from the approximate 700' diameter suburban owl territory is facinating to watch. Stay tuned.