mentioned, part of the diet of the Eastern Screech Owls are insects and to catch them while flying would indicate a rather
fast agile, flying bird, and in fact it does have a wing beat of around 5 beats per second.
Many of the creatures that include the Eastern Screech Owl in their diet, are in fact other larger owls including the Great Horned
Owl, the Great Gray Owl, Snowy Owls and Barred Owls, as well as Raccoons, Skunks, Weasels and Snakes. With that many predators
the mortality rate of young and even mature adults is quite high.