Seasonal Observations: Northern Saw-whet Owl

Stewardship Pemberton shared that
Northern Saw-whet Owls have been calling in Pemberton over the past week. It may surprise you what they sound like!

Northern Saw-whet Owl

A small owl of all types of woodlands, the Northern Saw-whet Owl can be found roosting in winter in small, dense conifer trees, sometimes even in parks and gardens. Its defense upon discovery is to sit still and not fly, leading people to perceive them as “tame.”

Its song is a series of whistled toots. Follow this link to the sound files… and see if you recognise the song.
Listen to the sound here: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Saw-whet_Owl/sounds

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