If a mysterious trill catches your attention in the night, bear in mind the spooky sound may come from an owl no bigger than a pint glass. Common east of the Rockies in woods, suburbs, and parks, the Eastern Screech-Owl is found wherever trees are, and they’re even willing to nest in backyard nest boxes. These supremely camouflaged birds hide out in nooks and tree crannies through the day, so train your ears and listen for them at night.
Screech Owls can be lured to your backyard with a large birdhouse in which to roost and nest. Wood duck houses work well inches square and 24 inches tall with an elliptical entrance near the top.) Learn more about Screech Owls at Birds & Blooms.