Friday, February 1, 2013

S'whet in my northern yard!

We have lived in this house for three years and ever since we moved in I have been hoping that my bird feeder might be graced by a special visitor. Today that magic moment finally happened when a Northern Saw-whet Owl showed up to hunt mice under  the feeder in -30°C temperatures. Although common here in summer it is quite rare to find Northern Saw-whet Owls this far north (Winnipeg, Manitoba) in winter. I took these photos by opening my back door just enough to poke a lens out. Note the intensity of the hunt as the owl is alert to every movement or noise (eventually this owl caught a House Mouse). Please click on an image to view as a slideshow.


  1. Bonita serie de esta preciosa rapaz.Un abrazo

  2. Bonita indeed! Great series. 'Still waiting for a feeder owl here.

  3. I think I would faint if a Saw-whet Owl showed up in our yard, or any owl for that matter!

    Happy to have discovered your blog, I look forward to following.

  4. What a special privilege to have a visitor like that!


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