Saturday, March 17, 2012

Owl Woods • March 16

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Today we start with a *really* well hidden Northern Saw-whet Owl. Can you find it?

There it is! Sometimes, this is just how it goes when owl spotting. You can't expect it to be easy when the whole point is for the owl to stay undetected.

Northern Saw-whet Owl. How did I find this owl in the first place? From a distance there was an unusual bump along the trunk of the tree. Binoculars revealed it to be a saw-whet!

Northern Saw-whet Owl. Jockeying around a bit (at a distance; I have an 840 mm equivalent lens), I found a perspective that was not as obscured.

Northern Saw-whet Owl. Finally I can see that the owl is not standing on any prey. One foot is shown and the other is probably tucked up against the body under its belly feathers.

Northern Saw-whet Owl. As I walked away, the owl snuck in one last peek at me.

Ring-billed Gull  2
Mourning Dove  1
Northern Saw-whet Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  2
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  1
House Finch  2