Blue jays versus screech owl in the USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Blue Jays Harass Screech Owl

1 May 2016

Screech Owl uses newly documented scary daytime defensive posture against annoying Blue Jays and Mockingbirds consist of wide-eyed blinking and open mouth snapping to look more intimidating.

Mother red morph Eastern Screech Owl is trying to take a break outside the nest box in the daytime and let the fast growing owlets have some room and air to cool down. Ordinarily she would never expose herself in the daytime except for nesting season. The Blue Jays are not going to let her rest – they want to harass her until she leaves their nesting area, but she is not going to leave her nest box – thus a standoff.

Father Screech Owl sometimes kills songbirds roosting in the trees at night to feed the owlets so you can’t blame the Blue Jays. Screech Owls are very small owls and have different techniques to deal with threats including making themselves very skinny like a branch when a real dangerous threat is around like a hawk or big owl or puffing themselves up for some threats they can intimidate like squirrels. These behaviors can be seen in this documentary:

Eastern Screech Owl Camouflage and Defensive Survival Techniques

Eagle owls nest again near Dutch Maastricht


This 2012 video from the Netherlands shows an adult eagle owl at its nest cooling itself. Also two owlets.

On 12 April 2016, Dutch conservation organisation Natuurmonumenten reported that this spring, eagle owls have against started nesting on the Sint Pietersberg mountain near Maastricht city.

They nest in a hole, specially cut out for owls by Natuurmonumenten.

Short-eared owl on Texel island


This video from Texel island in the Netherlands says about itself:

24 April 2016

There he was, by the roadside, a Short-eared Owl. I had never seen an owl in the wild. Very special. I hope you enjoy it too!

American screech owl babies video


This video from the USA says about itself:

Live Tonight – Baby [Eastern] Screech Owls in the Nest Box

25 April 2016

Mother Screech Owl is feeding two owlets – they are growing fast. As soon as it is dark she will leave and she and the father will bring food throughout the night. The action should pick up around 8pm EDT. Enjoy!

North American bird sounds at night


This video from the USA is called Eastern Screech Owl calling in Eastern Colorado at Prewitt Reservoir.

From eNature Blog in the USA:

Are Your Local Birds Singing All Night Long? Here’s A List Of The Likely Culprits

Posted on Monday, April 04, 2016 by eNature

Is something (or someone) keeping you awake these spring nights?  Waking you up before sunrise?

Many questions come to eNature about night birds calling and other weird and incessant noises in the dark.  It seems that there’s a lot of activity taking place when most of us expect our birds to be resting.

So what’s going on?  And who’s making all that noise in the dark?

Depending on the kinds of calls, and you location in North America, they could be any of at least four bird species.

Whip-poor-wills and their relatives are famous for calling their names, over and over again, sometime into the thousands of times without stopping. Unless you like to fall to sleep to the call of the whip-poor-will, it can become annoying.

Northern Mockingbirds are well known night callers, especially if there is a full moon. Enthusiastic mockingbirds can stay up ALL night, mimicking every bird song in the book as well as other sounds such bells, whistles, and sirens. These are birds that can try the patience of the most committed bird-lover!

If the call is coming from a wetland, it is probably one of the two night-herons, the Black-crowned or Yellow-crowned. They make squawks and cackles, and sometimes scary noises that will wake the heaviest sleeper.

Owls make another kind of noise in the night, which can range from the hooting of great horned owls to the whinnyings of screech-owls.

All of these birds are protected by state and federal laws, and nothing can or should be done to disturb them, not matter how annoying they are. The best solution is to either enjoy them, or to put plugs in your ears.

This advice may not help you get through the day at work..  but most of us prefer to think of those late night sounds as the glorious sound of spring.

Are you hearing your local birds’ and their squawks, chirps or cackles in the night?

We always love to hear your stories!

To listen to these bird calls and many others, please visit our Birding Audio feature.

And be sure to use our Local Guides to find out which birds are in your neighborhood.

Birders who listen carefully to birds quickly learn that there are many different types of bird sounds that have different meanings and uses. Understanding these different bird noises and being able to distinguish them is the first step in effective birding by ear and identifying birds based on sound: here.

Little owl in garden, video


Jannie in the Netherlands, the maker of this video, writes about it (translated):

Two years ago a little owlet in our garden had fallen from the nest and sat in the gazebo under the cabinet. I called the bird sanctuary and asked what I could do. They advised to not touch it and to give it mealworms and earthworms. Every year the parents come back to the nest box.

Red-tailed hawks, barn owls hatching on webcams


This video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA says about itself:

19 April 2016

The first signs of pipping on an egg were spotted on the Cornell [red-tailed] Hawks Cam around 12:30 PM today! Check out this video for a glimpse of the “star crack” as Big Red takes a moment to roll the eggs.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA today:

Around midday on April 19th, the barest hints of a pipping star were seen on an egg as Ezra rearranged the clutch. It can take as long as 48 hours after pipping till the first sight of a downy hatchling, making it likely the first egg will hatch today. If you miss today’s hatch there are two more eggs primed to hatch in the coming days. Watch cam.

In addition to the hawks, our Texas Barn Owls are nearing a hatch date of their own, predicted to begin around April 23. If we’re lucky, both nests—hawks and owls—will be hatching out at the same time! Don’t miss this opportunity to watch a baby owl take its first view of the outside world. Watch cam.