The Screech Owl Companion

Everything You Need to Know about These Beneficial Raptors

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By Jim Wright

By Scott Weston

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Hearing an owl hoot and seeing one in the wild is a bird-lover's dream. In fact, of the top ten birds people hope to see, three are owls. What many people don't know, however, is that the screech owl is North America's most common and widespread owl—and further, that by taking a few simple steps including building and siting a basic nest box, you can actually attract owls to live permanently your yard. Screech owls are the only species that are perfectly content to make their homes near humans and in backyards.

​In The Screech Owl Companion, Jim Wright and Scott Weston introduce screech owls, show how to distinguish them from other species, share fun lore and legend, and provide step-by-step instructions for making your yard screech ready. You’ll learn how to build a nest box and install a simple nest cam that you can monitor from your cell phone to watch when owls move in, lay eggs, and hatch.


On Sale
Oct 17, 2023
Page Count
228 pages
Timber Press

Jim Wright

About the Author

Jim Wright is the author of several books about nature, a prize-winning journalist, and the birding columnist for The Record, Northern New Jersey’s leading newspaper. He has hosted screech owls in his backyard nest box since 2004 and observed them via a nest cam for more than a decade. He leads a campaign to ban the rat poisons that kill owls and other wildlife. He lives in Allendale, New Jersey, where he is a marsh warden.
Scott Weston has been involved with birding and owling for over 35 years, going on pre-dawn Audubon Christmas bird counts since he was 11. In 2009, using squirrel-resistant nest boxes of his own design, he set up a screech owl trail that has fledged over 130 owletsAn accomplished photographer, Scott has contributed to local and national publications, including Cornell’s All About Backyard Birds. He lives in northeastern Massachusetts.

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