This little Northern Saw-Whet Owl (and perhaps others) has been hanging out in the woods at the nature center property. He has been eluding me for some time, but it seems that I was looking in all of the wrong places. I had to ask Paul to help me find it and once in the right location it didn't take long (thanks Paul). The Saw-whet Owls that I have seen, perch in smaller Cedar trees at about eye-level. if you are quiet and move slowly you can often get fairly close, but is is still best to use a telephoto lens and keep your distance so as not to harass them. They are doing everything to conserve energy in the cold weather and if you spook them causing them to fly unnecessarily they are just burning up energy that they need to survive until the next mouse comes along. They are cute little owls, about 8 inches tall.
More Owls here.
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