What an exciting find! Hi my name is Joe Vinton, I am the Preserve Manager at Hildacy Farm. I manage five nature preserves for Natural Lands Trust and this web blog comes from our Summerhill Preserve in Chester County. On March 6, I was along Crum Creek checking and cleaning out three wood duck boxes for the upcoming nesting season. Wood ducks are cavity nesters and will usually nest in cavities of trees, but in this case, we constructed nesting boxes (32x10x17) out of lumber to provide these ducks with a safe place to hatch their brood. Click here if you would like to read more on wood ducks.
The first nesting box I opened presented me with a startling surprise, out flew an eastern screech owl! After gaining my composure, I went back to cleaning the nest box and found another owl huddled in the corner. With a little persuasion, I was able to stir the owl out of the box. This owl made the same move as the previous one, flew out of the nest box and flew into another nest box just up stream. Knowing that both owls where in the box upstream, I went back to get my camera. It was a very exciting discovery and I hope you all enjoy the pictures. Click here if you would like to learn more about eastern screech owls.