What an Owl Smells Like
Old picture of me teaching kids some bad habits
If you regularly follow this blog . . . . then you would know that I have an obsession with smelling the heads of woodpeckers. The woodpeckers head have a pine-musty odor to them but for some reason the smell is very pleasurable to me (ya, I am nuts – I know already)!! This evening while studying the migration of the Northern Saw-whet Owls . . . . I had a quick whiff of that odor! Bet you can’t guess what I did next??
I was very pleased with another great evening with 7 more Northern Saw-whet Owls captured between the 8:45 and 10:30pm hour. The pine-musty owl was my first bird of the night and all other 6 birds had their typical owl odor to them (yes, I smelled them all)!! Typically these tiny owls are found during daylight hours in the thick brush or hiding somewhere in the pines (not to be seen). My assumption is this one individual had roosted in a pine tree cavity and somehow captured that odor (by getting some sap on it or having the pine surrounding it capturing that unique smell)!! Would love to hear your ideas on why you think this guy could have had the pine-musty odor to it (and all others that I have banded didn’t?)? ugg, another late night and off to bed now (I have to work in the morning)! Goodnight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!