(Gray Color Phase)
Arrived at Lakeside Nature Center on January, 2008.
is a gray phase Eastern Screech Owl, brought to the Nature
Center as a 'branching' young owl. The feathers did not
develop normally, keeping it from flying. This abnormality
may have been due to West Nile Virus exposure. We had
hopes that, with a good nutritious diet, new feathers would grow
in normally the following season and the owl would be
releasable. Unfortunately, they didn't grow properly, so
LNC decided to deep it and use it as education bird. This
way we could showcase two out of the three plumage colors this
tiny species can exhibit. He has been a great addition and
provides company for our older red phase Screech Owl.
Natural history notes.
The eastern screech owl ranges in color from gray to red and
grows to be about 8 1/2 inches tall.
Screech owls like to nest in tree cavities and, because of
their small size, nocturnal habits and good camouflage, they
can be hard to notice!
Our screech owl enjoys his own tree cavity.
information on screech owls, check out the