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 Eastern Screech-Owl

Status in Michigan
Fairly Common

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Count totals in the NMB Databases for Eastern Screech-Owl.

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Eastern Screech-Owl Archives Reports
Fall 2003 12
Spring 2003 9
Winter 02-03 12
Fall 2002 15
Summer 2002 0
Spring 2002 22
Winter 01-02 12
Fall 2001 11
Summer 2001 4
Spring 2001 14
Winter 00-01 14
Fall 2000 7
Summer 2000 0
Spring 2000 17
Winter 00-99 3
Fall 1999 10
Spring/Summer 1999 0

NMB Database
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Eastern Screech-Owl
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Eastern Screech-Owl
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Search "The Birds of Michigan" text.

Home - Foreword - Preface - Introduction - Hypothetical List - Literature Cited

Historical Text
The Birds of Michigan - by: Norman A. Wood
Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75

Otus asio naevius (Gmelin)
Eastern Screech Owl (A.O.U. 1998: Eastern Screech-Owl)

Resident, common in southern half of Lower Peninsula, rare north to Alcona and Cheboygan counties.

First authoritatively listed for Michigan by Gibbs (1879: 490).

About Detroit this owl was seen many times a year by Swales (1903;16) , and his notes include 2 breeding records: a nest with 5 young (by Alexander W. Blain, Jr.) on May 22, 1902, and a pair with 4 young (by Swales) on July 15, 1915. The species has been recorded regularly since 1880 in the Ann Arbor region, where it has nested commonly (specimens in U.M.M.Z.). It has bred in Jackson County (Leonard Wing and others, 1930: 63-64) and in Calhoun County (several breeding pairs each year in an Eckford Township tract, reported by Stuart, 1919: 94-95; 1919a; 300-301) . It was considered one of the common owls of Kalamazoo County by Gibbs (1885: 135) and by F. W. Rapp (1931: 14) ; Rapp noted a nest with 6 eggs on April 10, 1914. There are other breeding records (U.M.M.Z.) for the southern 3 tiers of counties, and occurrence records northward. Be- cause banding work has demonstrated that this is one of the most sedentary of the owls (Bent, 1938: 258, 262), it is probable that the species breeds in most localities where it occurs.

Swales observed individuals a number of times in St. Clair County (north to Port Huron on September 20, 2023) and in Atlas Township, southeastern Genesee County. N. A. Eddy (A. J. Cook, 1893o; 82) re- ported that the species was the most common owl at Bay City. In north- western Huron County a few individuals were seen on August 8, 2023 (N. A. Wood and Gaige, 1911: 285), on May 25, 2023 (1 in U.M.M.Z., collected by Van Tyne), and on May 30, 2023 (1 seen by R. E. Olsen and A. D. Tinker). One was observed at Houghton Heights, Roscommon County, on November 6, 1938, by Trautman, and another (U.M.M.Z.) was taken at the Harrisville Hatchery, Alcona County, on September 13, 1941, by F. W. Potts. The species seems to occur rarely in a few places north to Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County (Compton, 1914: 178-80; N. A. Wood, Smith and Gates, 1916: 11; Blanchard and Nelson, MS of 1937), and to Alanson, Emmet County (2 specimens in U.M.M.Z.-taken in 1923 by B. D. Owens).

There are Upper Peninsula reports, though without confirmation, for Neebish Island, Chippewa County (Boies, 1897: 27), Houghton and Iron counties (Cahn, 1918: 493), and Portage Lake, Keweenaw County (Knee- land, 1857: 233).

By far the greater proportion of Michigan specimens and reports refer to the gray plumage phase.

Mueseum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
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