We used to hear Eastern Screech Owls all the time. Their soft rolling trill sounded something like a mourning dove. We also would occasionally see them roosting in our open pole barn. But it has been years since we’ve spotted one, and we haven’t heard them either—but that may be due to our aging ears. So we wondered, have we just not seen them, or is the screech owl population declining?
According to http://www.iucnredlist.org/ the Eastern Screech Owl is listed as a species of least concern, because of its extremely large range and large population which appears to be increasing. But their local population may be declining. The Eastern Screech Owl is Florida's smallest owl. It occurs in suitable habitat everywhere in the state except the lower keys.
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