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I have three large oak trees in my yard.  When I am up on the roof cleaning gutters or raking 16 tons of leaves, I sometimes mumble unpleasantries about those trees.  But then every once in awhile, and it has happened frequently the past few weeks, after dark, I hear an unique call outside.  It sounds like this:

On occasion the kids and I can shine a flashlight up into one of those trees and even spot the little screech owl that is making those calls.  That is a good night.

Like many of you, I live in town and anxiously await the times when I can get outta there, back onto the water, in the field or in the woods where I would much rather be.  Until then, it is nice to have three oak trees in my yard which house just a little bit of that wildness I crave.  I am comforted to hear that sound out my window in the middle of the night.

Now if I could just get a big Tom turkey to roost in one of my oak trees!

Wikipedia photo–gray phase of an eastern screech owl which is the only color of screech owl I have seen in my oak trees.

About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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