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Northern Saw-whet Owl

Aegolius acadicus


8 inch (20cm) tall native owl with dark yellow eyes, white V between the eyes, dark beak, barring on the breast. Reddish tawny plumage.


Coniferous, mixed forest throughout central and southern BC and along the coast to Alaska. This beautiful little one was found at its day roost at Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Ladner, BC. hiding out on the far side of a holly tree with plenty of dense foliage above it. Good day roost!! It will stay hidden from large predators until nightfall and then fly out to feed.

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KathleenMcEachern 10 years ago

Thanks, Christy! Have done that now. They are so small that I don't think of them as raptors:):) but their prey would know they are!

ChristyHolland 10 years ago

What a beautiful Saw-Whet! They're one of my favorite owls! I'd love this in the Raptor mission!

KathleenMcEachern 10 years ago

Thanks for all the likes and nice comments! This is one of my favourite spottings - both the moments of actually spotting it, and the photograph that resulted. I have since learned that the preferred item on their diet is mice, mainly deer mice and have added an excellent reference with lots of cool info from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 10 years ago

Wow so nice birdy

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 10 years ago

Nice spot!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

too cute!!

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Great shot!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Cute owl..

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British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Mar 17, 2014
Submitted on Mar 18, 2014

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