Owls are the earliest of nesting birds. The Great Horned Owl will begin nesting in January. Owls nest early because leaves are off the trees, fields are bare, and cover for prey is very limited. This makes for fantastic hunting. It gives the mother birds greater health, which makes the best time for mating and raising young. The 4 most common owls in North America are Screech Owls, Barn Owls, Barred Owls and Great Horned Owls. Owls commonly nest in tree cavities. Barn owls and screech owls will readily use man made nesting boxes, fastened as high as you can reach in a tree or a barn with outdoor access. Owls are very handy to have around, being fierce hunters of rodents in your area. So go out in the late winter evening, listen for their haunting calls and see who you have for neighbors. We have several Owl houses on our Specialty Bird House pages.
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