Saturday, March 07, 2009

How to find a Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus)

The following will contrast two distinctly different approaches to finding a NSWO

Ben Method:
1. Find deciduous forest with some coniferous components
2. Go to forest between 8pm and 12am
3. Walk in to forest
4. Whistle
5. Hear owl calling
6. Continue to whistle
7. Locate owl as it:
a. Flies above your head constantly before landing
b. Lands and makes noise on the branch
8.  Shine owl with light, congratulations you have found your NSWO

Len Method:
1. Have to “relieve” yourself in the middle of the day
2. Go into woods
3. Relieve yourself
4. Hear Black-capped Chickadees
5. Look up and see Black-capped Chickadees bombarding NSWO,  congratulations you have found your NSWO

Which worked? Why would I even be posting this if it was the first?

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