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Vancouver, British Columbia

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Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-Whet Owl

Aegolius acadicus

Weight: 100 g. (female).  75 g. (male)
Length: 20 - 21.5 cm. (female).  18 - 20 cm. (male)
Wingspan: 43 cm.

Status in Stanley Park:

Probably a year-round resident, but because it is small and almost exclusively nocturnal it is hard to find.
I have seen 3 in 10 years and two of those were during release of rehabilitated birds!

The photo above was taken in 2006 - October 17th. A friend (Jerry) located it roosting in late afternoon on the edge of the wetland. This photo was taken just after sunset when it became active. I will be documenting that sighting with further photos as time permits.

My second "sighting" was for the release of a rehabilitated bird in 2008 - December 3rd. I will also document that sighting with photos (as time permits).

My third and final (to date) sighting was also of a rehabilitated bird released near the first location and also alerted to by Jerry. That was 2009-March-21 (follow the link for more information).

I do know of other daylight sightings where people have come across an owl on the ground or roosting. The species is not timid - it does not take immediate flight once located - so if you are lucky enough to find one just stay quietly and enjoy! Oh, and don't forget to tell me about it :)

For more information and range, etc. I suggest a visit to Owling.com (Saw-whet Owl).