Listening for that bouncing-ball call

A Western Screech-owl peers from its nest box located near Salt Wash west of Fruita. Local populations of these small owls with a bouncing-ball call had declined as the large trees they prefer to nest in were removed, but the species seems to have rebounded lately.



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A Western Screech-owl peers from its nest box located near Salt Wash west of Fruita. Local populations of these small owls with a bouncing-ball call had declined as the large trees they prefer to nest in were removed, but the species seems to have rebounded lately.

It is 5:55 a.m. and still very dark on the cold, snowy morning of Dec. 16. Pulled over near the corner of Aspen and Orchard in Fruita, I wake up my laptop, hold out the little speaker, play…




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