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Saw-whet Success

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Northern Saw-whet Owl

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.

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Northern Saw-whet Owl

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.

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Hidden Perch

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Hidden Perch

The owl was viewed from the distance from which the last two pictures were taken. It is especially well-hidden in this picture.

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Northern Saw-whet Owl

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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4 responses

  1. Beautiful! And also adorable. That second picture seems to say, “Hey, I see you lookin’ at me!”

    29 March 2013 at 2:44 pm

  2. So very sweet!! I’d love to see one!

    29 March 2013 at 8:06 pm

  3. Love these photos! They have such character. Thanks for the information about them, too. I love learning new things about creatures of the trees.

    31 March 2013 at 2:00 pm

  4. nickonnature

    Thanks for the info! I love owls but have never encountered one of these guys yet, hopefully someday.

    5 April 2013 at 6:46 am

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