northern sawwhet owl (Aegolius acadicus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 7 inches Wingspan: 17 inches
Small, nocturnal, predatory bird
Large, rounded head
Brownish facial disks
Brown upperparts with large white spots
Pale underparts with large, dark irregular streaks
The boreal owl is most likely to be confused with the northern saw-whet
owl but lacks brown in the face, has a pale bill, has a dark border to the
face and darker brown upperparts. Screech-owls have ear tufts. Pygmy-
owls have longer tails and different markings.
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: Cavity
Clutch Size: 4-7
Length of Incubation: 26-28 days
Days to Fledge: 27-34
Number of Broods: 1?
Diet: Mostly small mammals; lesser quantities of birds
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February R
Crooked Run Valley