How do you attract owls to your property?

Answered by Robert Dupre

To attract owls to your property, there are several steps you can take. Follow these tips to create an inviting environment for these fascinating nocturnal creatures.

1. Install nesting boxes: Owls need a secure location to set up their homes, and nesting boxes provide the perfect solution. Place these boxes in quiet areas away from human activity and at a height that is suitable for the owl species you are trying to attract. Different owl species have different preferences for the size and height of the boxes, so do some research to ensure you choose the right design.

2. Preserve large branches: Owls often nest in tree cavities or use large branches as perches. Avoid pruning or removing these branches, as they provide valuable nesting and roosting sites for owls. By preserving the natural habitat, you create a more attractive environment for owls to inhabit.

3. Use outdoor flood lights on timers: Owls are nocturnal hunters and are attracted to areas with abundant prey. By installing outdoor flood lights on timers, you can create temporary bursts of light that attract insects, rodents, and other small animals, which in turn can attract owls. Make sure to set the timer to coincide with the owls’ active hunting time, which is typically in the early morning or evening.

4. Provide bird baths: Owls need access to water for drinking and bathing. Place bird baths in your yard, preferably near trees or shrubs where owls can perch and observe their surroundings while they drink or bathe. Keep the water clean and fresh, and consider adding a small fountain or dripper to create movement, which can be particularly appealing to owls.

5. Mow the lawn less often: Owls primarily hunt for small mammals, such as mice, voles, and shrews. By mowing your lawn less frequently, you allow the grass to grow longer, providing a more appealing hunting ground for owls. Longer grass provides cover for prey and increases the chances of successful hunting for the owls.

Remember that attracting owls to your property may take time and patience. It is essential to respect their natural behaviors and habitat preferences. By providing suitable nesting sites, prey opportunities, and a safe environment, you can increase the likelihood of owls visiting and potentially nesting on your property.

I have personally followed these tips and have had success in attracting owls to my own backyard. It is a joy to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, and creating a welcoming space for them adds to the overall biodiversity and beauty of your property.