Assuming that you don’t have a rotten tree with nests already in it, just cut yourself a 2′ (60cm) long section of rotten log. They can find food in the leaf litter under larger trees, or in the trees themselves. You may also observe owl pellets (regurgitated bones and hair) under favorite perches. You'll love this video of baby Screech Owls! Put in 2-3 inches of new wood shavings. Assuming this hole takes you into soft, rotten core of the log, the woodpecker will finish off the job for you! These are desirable birds, so I wouldn't be too upset if they nested instead of the owls. The roof should overhang slightly and slope down in front so rain water doesn't drip into the nest. Avoid placing the nest entrance facing between north and west. Remember that the owls don't add any material to nests. Use a baffle on the pole to keep squirrels from climbing up. Larger woodpeckers that provide nest holes for Screech Owls include Acorn Woodpeckers, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers but, especially, Northern Flickers. Owls eat a lot of rodents! Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Best budget birding binoculars: Celestron Nature DX ED. If you install an owl nesting box you can likely attract owls to your backyard. They will chase away other owls in this 1000 foot radius. I hate spam too, so of course your email address will never ever be abused or shared, you have my word as an artisan and a gentleman! The height of the box should be 14 inches. What you'll receive: - Then you may already have Screech Owls visiting your yard! Add 2 to 3 inches of wood shavings in the bottom of the box. Hang the box under the eaves to protect from rain, but also so that predators can't jump down from the roof. Frequently, cavities excavated by woodpeckers serve as nests for Screech Owls. Juveniles usually first fledge and leave the nest about 28 days after hatching. We now have Eastern Screech-Owls (Megascops asio) and Western Screech-Owls (Megascops kennicottii). Thank you for your support. The entrance hole should be 3 inches in diameter, centered 9 inches from the floor. (paperback or eBook via amazon). Contact: ian@handycrowd.com Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Cute and beneficial--who could ask for more! You may place a nest box on the east or south side of a barn or other tall out building. They may roost in the nest throughout the year. Record their details, requirements, action points and notes. Learn how your comment data is processed. All the better for the chickens to forage amongst. They can find food in taller grass in a vacant lot or field next door. But I’m pretty cool about this, so for any enquiries regarding use, head up to the contact page and we can talk turkey…, A little more about me and some stuff I've done over the years... Click the orange bit... Ian Anderson MSc LCGI, handycrowd.com is the public face of handycrowd media, owned and operated by Ian Anderson and registered in Norway, organisation No. The boxes should last 2-3 seasons before they need replaced. (I’ll give you a tip later though for yours). Owls do like a staging perch placed about 12 feet from the nest entrance and about 6 feet off the ground. So choose a location where white wash (owl poo) will not be a problem. Here is one that has the correct dimensions and good reviews (includes hinged sides and wood shavings). Aw, don't go. So, go on, make yourself useful! Would you please leave a comment to let me know what you thought and how I can make this resource better for you?--Greg--Legal DisclosureAs an Amazon Associate I earn commissions from qualifying purchases. Let me tell you the story. Young owls climb out of the nest box onto the top of the box and flap-hop out on nearby branches. All round handy bloke, a one time humanitarian, and mad scribbler. You wonder what it is. Last week we had some unusually windy days and on the final stormy day a pair of old rotten trees blew down over the stream at the bottom of the garden. These nest boxes are also perfect for American Kestrels and Northern Flickers, too. They dig cavities in dead or living limbs, large or small, either in the granary (storage) tree or any other large tree. Be sure their are drain holes at the corners of the floor. (I’ll give you a tip later though for yours). Owls like it darker. The box should be made from untreated and unpainted wood. Clean out the nest box in fall. This year the main nest hole was occupied with starlings, (I just hope they were just big enough to survive the fall. If you purchase or make a box, make sure it is close to the following dimensions. Business address: Hagakollen, 1387 Asker, Norway. Do not place multiple Screech Owl boxes closer than 100 to 1000 feet apart (I have seen both distances referenced). Like the Pileated Woodpecker, the Acorn Woodpecker adapts well to human modifications to the landscape, sometimes using manmade structures for roosting and food-caching. It also give them a second place to nest if the first attempt fails. European Starlings and various tree squirrels may try to take over the box. Cut grooves or attach small strips of wood inside the box below the entrance hole. If you place the nest box in a tree, consider placing the box under a branch. Let me tell you the story. I then added a couple of metal hanger straps to fasten the nestbox to a neighbouring tree, being careful that the nails didn’t protrude into the nest hole inside. Oh, and some free stuff mixed in with regular posts :-). All material here is original content and copyright by Greg Gillson. Nest Description There are almost always mice and rats in our yards that we never know about. You can build your own as a DIY project. The owls don't like any branches blocking the entrance hole, though. OK, I have to be honest, the title of this post is a little misleading because I didn’t actually make this particular nest box; the woodpecker did! Using a pole mounted nest box will work too. or +47 91754808, Made with the ever marvellous WordPress running the X theme, tweaked by Ian. Owls need food, water, shelter, and a place to nest. It doesn't take much "wild" space to attract owls. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 17 kinds with photos! A thickness of 3/4 inches provides durability and insulation. But you can provide an owl box for nesting, too. That shouldn't be too hard to figure out, should it? Finally got the woodpeckers nestbox up in the tree…. After each nesting season replace the wood shavings putting in the box 2-3 inches of fresh shavings. Use this cool 100 page notebook when meeting new clients. I had to use really long nails as the wood was quite soft as you’d imagine. One email per week for a few weeks, where I'll show you how to build money saving, practical DIY skills, create a unique home and properly look after your stuff. Do not add a perch, as perches make it easier for predators to reach the eggs or young. So if the kestrels or flickers begin nesting in the boxes in May or June, the owls likely aren't going to nest this late in the year anyway. I made the top cut at a slight downwards angle and nailed some felt on the top to keep the worst of the rain off. They may return for several years to the same nest site. A pole may be best to keep out squirrels which may climb trees to take over the owl box. This diy Screech Owl box on the Hobby Farms website (here) is built with a single plank of cedar lumber 1 inch thick, 10 inches wide, and 8 feet long. So, what to do with a tree that’s really too rotten to turn into firewood?