Screech owl resting in a tree cavity, Massapequa Preserve, Long Island, New York
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Every day is Napping Day for this screech owl
We can think of no better way to celebrate National Napping Day (in the US) than with this furry fellow, a screech owl asleep in a tree trunk in the Massapequa Preserve on Long Island, New York. Found in wilderness areas and near human settlements from the Atlantic seaboard to west Texas and up into Montana, Eastern screech owls like this one are well established in the US. They're nocturnal creatures, so they sleep during the day and become active after dusk. But don’t worry about you or your pet getting attacked by these owls. While it’s not apparent from this picture, screech owls are tiny – smaller than a pint glass – and prefer to feast on insects, worms, and small rodents.