Invisible, thanks to supreme camouflage.

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

A small owl common in forests around Montreal. Especially in winter, the individuals of this species can be seen frequently at the same spot, a tree cavity even when the spot is not used to nest.

How To Identify

This species exists in two color flavors, a grey variant and a reddish variant. Both variants can be seen around Montreal. Similar to other, larger owls, I use the shape of the ears and the line from the eye to the ear to identify this bird.

Where and When to Spot

Best spotted during the winter months due to the lack of foliage and because the bird is more frequently resting at the same spot. Once you know the different possible resting places, finding the owl is easy.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Parc Angrignon

    Sunday, April 22, 2018

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 640

  • Parc Angrignon

    Saturday, March 10, 2018

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/640s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 220

  • Parc Angrignon

    Sunday, April 9, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 800

  • Parc Angrignon

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    NIKON D7100
    70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6

    Focal Length 300mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 200

  • Parc Angrignon

    Sunday, March 13, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 280

Videography

Videos are published in Fauna Flora's YouTube channel.

Taxonomy

Strigiformes
Strigidae
Megascops asio