Sunday Showcase: Northern Saw-Whet Owl

Posted by Dan Arndt

Earlier this year, we were informed of what appeared to be a female Northern Saw-whet Owl sitting on a nest in a Edworthy Park. To make sure the owl successfully nested and fledged its young, we kept the location pretty quiet, and both Bob Lefebvre and myself visited the nest a few times just to check in on her and make sure she was still there. The area where the nest was located was a fairly low-traffic area, so we suspected chances were very good that she would successfully fledge a full nest of owlets. As the weeks progressed, things seemed to be going quite well, until one day she was simply gone. Here are a few photos of her checking me out as I checked her out:

female Northern Saw-whet Owl giving me the evil eye May 2013

female Northern Saw-whet Owl giving me the evil eye
May 2013

female Northern Saw-whet Owl checking me out from inside the nest May 2013

female Northern Saw-whet Owl checking me out from inside the nest
May 2013

Nobody's home. Go away. May 2013

Nobody’s home. Go away.
May 2013

I see you seeing me! May 2013

I see you seeing me!
May 2013

2 thoughts on “Sunday Showcase: Northern Saw-Whet Owl

  1. Nice photos Dan! Sure remember that owl. I wonder if she will come back this year. In fact, I wonder if those trees were affected by the flooding?

    Talk soon,

    Lynette in Victoria.

    • Hi Lynette,

      I don’t think those trees were directly affected by the flooding. I went in there in late July when they had re-opened the park to the public, and it looks like there’s about an inch or more of silt and mud below the trees, but that’s about it! Maybe she’ll be back again to try next year!

      – Dan

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