April 2023

Vol. 51, No. 2

Field Note: Owl, Squirrels, and Flickers Time-sharing a Tree Cavity

William E. Davis, Jr.

Figure 1. Northern Flicker.
Figure 1. Northern Flicker.

Directly across the street from my house in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, in Maureen Norman’s yard, stands a tree that has a 3-inch hole, 7.5-feet above the ground. On November 27, 2020, I recorded what I thought was a Northern Saw-whet Owl—I couldn’t see any ear tufts—perched in the hole in Maureen’s tree. I began to watch the hole more closely and saw the owl again on December 15 and 16. Again, I tried to photograph it, but, as my journal states, “I went out to photograph it but it disappeared,” withdrawing into the hole as it always had when I went outside.

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