by Laura Erickson
Two eastern screech-owls were sleeping side by side, wings touching, on a frozen Valentine's Day morning. Their feathers were fluffed against the cold, their eyes closed, and their heads tilted down a bit as if resting their chins on their chests. It was bright and sunny outside, but inside the roost box it was peaceful and dark.
They were a well-matched duo. Like most eastern screech-owl pairs, they were the same age, both almost 4 years old. They were skilled hunters that had spent so much time together that they knew exactly what the other one was up to even when they were hunting in different parts of the woods. Now, comfortably roosting together, their shared body heat made their winter roost box warm and cozy.
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