Sitting on fence and outside kitchen window
Today I was sitting on my patio in my backyard and saw 4 screech owls flying around. 2 landed where I could see them. One on a small tree about 15 ft from my back door and one sitting on a light attached to my house. I was sitting about 25 ft away at a table. I took a few photos but did not get too close. Finally I had to go inside and neither one moved. When I came back out, I again went and sat at the table. Both owls were still in the same spots. I then noticed that they had flown away but I was working on my laptop so I didn't see where they went. Suddenly I noticed that 2 then all 4 landed in the crepe myrtle directly in front of my table. About 7 ft away and all 4 were looking at me, bobbing and turning their heads and bodies. WOW. One was red and the others gray. Were they being aggressive? I got up and moved to a table near my back door. By then it was fully dark. What is going on?
Eastern Screech owl
4 Eastern Screech owls
heard behind hotel
Imperial County, California, US
Screech owls can be either a gray or rusty red color or with the rusty morph being more common in the southern parts of its range. The rounded head has 2 prominent ear tufts that aid in identification.
Owls are a group of birds that belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g., the Northern Hawk Owl). Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland, and some remote islands. Owls are characterized by their small beaks and wide...