By: Pat Coate
Took advantage of my daughter flying into the Rochester airport to visit several birding spots in the area prior to her arrival. One stop was Owl Woods (part of Braddock Bay Fish & Wildlife Management/Braddock Bay Park) to search for migrating northern saw-whet owls. Success!
These owls are always a joy to see. They are only 7-8 inches tall and weigh in at a whopping 2-5 ounces.
Northern saw-whets are night hunters and feed mainly on mice and voles. They are often seen perched with prey – due to their size one mouse usually provides two meals.
The owl was viewed from the distance from which the last two pictures were taken. It is especially well-hidden in this picture.
Owl Woods is usually productive at this time of year as migrating owls make a rest stop on their way to northern breeding grounds.
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