Saw-Whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus)

Crooked River - Wednessday, March 28, 2007 by: Helen Carson
The picture of the little bush-rabbit is a case of being at the right spot at the right time. I was at the picture window taking a picture of a squirrel in the spruce, when this little fellow hopped out from behind the trees. He stayed just long enough for me to get about 3 good shots. I’m sure he was posing just for me.

The tiny owl was perched in the maples beside our house for quite a few hours, waiting for a mouse. He flew down a couple of times but just missed it. The owl was still there after dark so we don’t know if he ever got his prey.

The Northern Saw-Whet Owl is about 7-8 ½ inches, and is very tame. Lyle was able to walk up within about 3 feet, before the owl flew to a higher branch.

Helen Carson


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