Screech owl hunting at night

January 9, 2021

We think the screech owl in this video is probably Nicky, the owl who lives in a box in our back yard. Each evening he flits out of his box and heads off to hunt, and this is one of his favorite spots. We just happen to have a camera there and can often watch him at work.

Conveniently for us, another of his regular hunting grounds is also near a camera; he sits up in a live oak tree above a trail used by the the deer, foxes, coyotes, and raccoons as they come and go. They are utterly oblivious of Nicky’s watchful gaze, and we sometimes joke that he’s thinking to himself “I could take that buck. I could!  I’m just not in the mood. I’m not that hungry right now”. (For those who are not familiar with screech owls: They’re tiny, about the size of a Coke can, and most of the time they hunt for bugs and other little creepy crawlies – although Nicky does occasionally catch a songbird and bring it back to his box to nibble on throughout the day.)

On the night of this video, Nicky had to make do with bugs.