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Published on Jun 9, 2016
This video of a new family of Western Screech Owls was photographed on May 09, 2016. The adult female was first spotted in May, 2015. She stayed in this same opening of this Saguaro the whole time. After hunting at night she would sleep in the Saguaro during the day. On nearly every occasion she could be seen perched in the opening and taking in the morning Sun. Then in May of 2016 it became clear why she had stayed for so long in that particular opening in the Saguaro. She was there to raise a family. It is too long to show all the videos that were taken during the three days the youngsters were visible. Instead, a few of the videos from May 9th are shown. The last three slides are of the camera location and the wider view of the Saguaro. The two youngsters are cute. The adult Western Screech Owl is 8 1/2 inches long with a 20 inch wingspan. They weigh five ounces. In comparison, the Cactus Wren is also 8 1/2 inches long with a wingspan of only 11 inches. The wren only weighs 1.4 ounces. The Western Screech Owl eats insects and rodents. I suspect that the only rodents they eat are mice. Pack Rats and squirrels are far too big for this little bird. The youngsters didn't return to the nest after May 12th. They are possibly still learning to be self sufficient with their training and then perching on low branches of Palos Verde during the day. Their lives cannot be followed easily. It is extremely difficult to spot one of these birds hiding in those low branches of Palo Verde. Note: The shaking is noticeable in the last couple of videos with the mom and the oldest next to her. That is because the camera with the long lens is being held without the tripod. These videos of the mom with the oldest are taken five hours later in the day. The youngest is sleeping down below.