Sunday, 29 January 2012

Northern Saw-whet Owl

On Friday Mike and Phil had struck out on the Northern Saw-whet Owl found the previous day in Carburn Park in Calgary by a group led by Gus Yaki. Gus and another group re-found the bird yesterday, so a phone call to Gus seemed in order, and Gus kindly provided details on the bird's day roost. We had likely walked right past the bird.

Today was a very mild day for late January: 12 deg this afternoon. On arriving at the parking lot just after noon, we ran into Bob Lefebvre and Dan Arndt and learned that the owl was back on its regular roost. A few minutes later we were observing the bird, whose celebrity status had attracted the attention of several wildlife photographers.

A very nice addition to our list. Unfortunately our camera-toting Fur and Feathers companions are away at present, so we hope the owl will stay around until they return, and a picture can be posted.

1 comment:

  1. Hi there. Just reading your posting regarding the Northern Saw-Whet Owl. They certainly are not an easy bird to spot!! Glad that you managed to re-find the bird, a terrific bird to study and photo. I live in Toronto, Ontario, and this past Friday, my wife and I came upon an adult Saw-Whet Owl out in the bush. This was the first time as birders that we had ever seen a Saw-Whet Owl. Fortunately, we had our camera with us and got some good pictures and video. We have posted them for anyone interested at: