Baby Makes Three

One of the remarkable things you can do to encourage bird life in your yard is to put up a screech owl box. This often results in a female taking over the box and a male will usually roost nearby in some bushes. This has been going on for many years in our yard. But this year the results of this happy union first became obvious when a baby owl appeared in our yard. It had jumped out of the box and taken up residence in a dense bush. Since Mom is a gray morph owl and Dad is a red morph, we are wondering what color Junior will be. There seems to be a slight hint of reddish color under Junior’s down feathers but we will have to wait and see.

Bill Dunson

About Bill Dunson

Bill Dunson, born in rural Georgia, skipped 12th grade and went directly to Yale. Bill subsequent-ly received a PhD in Zoology from the University of Michigan, studying softshell turtles. Bill is Professor Emeritus of Pennsylvania State University thanks to a career spent entirely at that institution, teaching and doing research on the physio-logical ecology and ecotoxiciology of reptiles, amphibians and fish. Always curious about nature, Bill has dedicated his life to learning and sharing his knowledge with others. He has served on many advisory boards here in Southwest Florida to preserve the water that gives life to our region.

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