• Saw-Whet Owl
Northern Saw-Whet Owl

Feather and Friends Rescue and Refuge receives many visitors to the refuge. One visitor that the refuge recently received was a Northern Saw-Whet Owl. These owls are some of the smallest owls of the owl species. On average these owls measure 7 to 8 inches. This owl was about 6 inches.

The Saw-Whet Owl has gets its name from the call that the males make during breeding season. The call sounds like a saw being sharpened or whetted. The Saw-Whet Owl only does this call during breading season. The call can sometimes last hours at a time. The call can carry up to half a mile.

This owl hunts small insects and mice. It perches low on a tree and waits for prey and swoops down and catches them. It primarily hunts at night and stays isolated during the day. This owl must have been out hunting at night and became tired during the day. It found a safe place to rest the day away at Feather and Friends Rescue and Refuge.

The Saw-Whet Owl population is currently declining due to habitat loss, air pollution, as well as many other factors. 

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