Eastern Screech Owls are fairly common here in Eastern New York, they can be found in most lower elevation areas, especially away from the deeper forests (and Great Horned Owls!). They are particularly at home in suburban yards and even venture into the City of Albany at times. More often that not I find these birds in winter in empty Wood Duck boxes, which also double as nice roost box for an owl. Whenever I see a Wood Duck box, I check them out to see if there is a “fluff” ball looking back at me.
Danika has been working part time at a farm/butcher shop in Alcove, southern Albany County. This morning on her way home, see noticed a reddish pile of feathers in the road and pulled over to check it out. She was sadden to find it to have been a red phased Eastern Screech Owl. Most of the bird was largely intact and undamaged but it appeared the bird had flown head on into a car, as its face was smashed beyond recognition. Not wanting to miss an opportunity to check out these little guys close up, she took a few photos and then picked up the owl and placed it to rest in the woods, where it won’t get repeatedly run over by cars.