Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Peek at a Saw-Whet Owl

Last Saturday, the Howard County Bird Club held an owl search in western Howard County. We were mainly looking for saw-whet owls, which hide in pine trees during the day at this time of year to escape the notice of Cooper's and sharp-shinned hawks. Searching for this species involved more looking at the ground rather than at the trees for owl pellets and "whitewash". One saw-whet was found by a sharp-eyed participant. I could only see it after following exacting descriptions of its situation in the tree given by other photographers. The bird is visible in the center of the top photo here which gives an idea of how hard it was to find and photograph it. The bottom photo is one of my better shots, albeit in the digital zoom range of my Canon SX60.