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Eastern Screech-Owl  - Megascops asio

Eastern Screech-Owl - Megascops asio

A small owl common in forests around Montreal. Especially in winter, the individuals of this species can be seen frequently at the same spot, a tree cavity even when the spot is not used to nest.

Common Names

How to Identify

This species exists in two color flavors, a grey variant and a reddish variant. Both variants can be seen around Montreal. Similar to other, larger owls, I use the shape of the ears and the line from the eye to the ear to identify this bird.

Where & When to Spot

Best spotted during the winter months due to the lack of foliage and because the bird is more frequently resting at the same spot. Once you know the different possible resting places, finding the owl is easy.

Eastern Screech Owl Dancing

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Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Park Angrignon - April 22, 2018

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 640;
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Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Park Angrignon - March 10, 2018

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f6.3; Iso 220;
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Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Park Angrignon - April 09, 2017

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;
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Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Park Angrignon - February 28, 2017

NIKON D7100; 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f5.6; Iso 200;
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Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Invisible, thanks to supreme camouflage.

Park Angrignon - March 13, 2016

NIKON D7100; 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 280;
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