Friday, April 5, 2013

Owl Woods • April 5

Northern Saw-whet Owl. At first glance it looks like today's saw-whet is in concealment pose, but it simply has its head rotated nearly 180 degrees and it looking over its back.

Northern Saw-whet Owl. This owl was fairly active today, possibly in response to there being more people in the Woods today than is normal for a weekday noon hour. Another team member and I looked closely through binoculars, but saw no evidence of prey in its talons.

Northern Saw-whet Owl. Below is a link to a video I took of the owl. It is quite a bit more interesting than normal. You can see the owl rotate its head from back to front and then ... it shakes for a few moments. After consulting with other members of the team, it seems the owl is simply scratching its head. You can just make out it raising its foot before the scratch.

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Count update: The Braddock Bay Raptor Research team has now observed 18 Northern Saw-whet Owls and 10 Long-eared Owls this year. Last year's season totals were 16 Northern Saw-whet Owls and 10 Long-eared Owls. With another month left in the migration season we should easily blow past last year's numbers by wide margins.