Northern Saw-whet Owl in Wisconsin on January 12, 2019

On winter days when birding is slow I spend a lot of hours for weeks looking for the Northern Saw-whet Owl. I found this beautiful owl doing just that. I had views for less than 2 minutes before it left the tree. I was looking down at my camera to check the exposure, heard a flutter and had just a glimpse of it flying off. I spent a few minutes quietly looking to an area it went to with no luck. Images were taken on January 12, 2019.

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Binomial name: Aegolius acadicus

Category: Typical Owls

Size: 8” long, 17” wing span

Weight: 2.8 oz

Cool facts: Smallest owl in North America with a cat like face that is highly nocturnal and seldom seen.

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

13 Responses to Northern Saw-whet Owl in Wisconsin on January 12, 2019

  1. Kathi Johnson Rock says:

    Absolutely adorable Jim!! What great captures!!! Would love to see one of these in person some day.

  2. Caryl Zaar says:

    Wonderful photos!

  3. Ruth Smith says:

    Fantastic! I’m sure it took a lot of persistence and a teeny bit of luck to find that Wisconsin Quarter Pounder.

  4. Cathy says:

    Always great pictures, Jim. Such a pretty face. Where was it?

  5. Ellen Flannery says:

    So, so cute! Great pics!

  6. Caron says:

    Once again you’ve captured a beautiful moment!

  7. Sandy Rueckert says:

    Beautiful! Perfectly framed by trees.

  8. Kym George says:

    What an amazing capture and photos

  9. Karen Weiss says:

    Amazing beautiful pictures , how you captured it in just a short time. And got such a great captured! I love this little owl. I have only heard them in the wild but not seen one.

  10. Stacy says:

    beautiful Jim!!!

  11. Kurt says:

    Cute little bugger. Nice shot. Worth the effort to be sure.

  12. Nan Wisherd says:

    Fabulous photos, Jim! Looks like you’re off to a great start this year.

  13. Deborah Nelson says:

    A number of years ago I was in my back yard when I saw something I could not identify hidden in the lilac bush. I approached slowly, ducking my head up and down to get a better look when the bird turned it’s head all the way around to look at me. What a great surprise to see a saw whet owl! Probably sleeping…or trying to until I came along. He held his ground, let me look for a long time, then I retreated so he could get some sleep. Your saw whet photos are such a gift Jim! Thank you.

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