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After last night's upload of the BIG Eagle Owl, I thought tonight I would take you to the opposite extreme and tickle your "cuteness" bone by sharing these photos of the tiny Saw-whet Owl.
What a cutie huh?

Some Saw-whet owl facts:

Size: Length 17 to 21.9cm (6.7-8.6") Wingspan 45.9 to 56.3cm (18.1-22.2")
Weight 75-110g (2.6-3.9oz) - Females are slightly larger than males.

Habits: Northern Saw-whet Owls are strictly Nocturnal, with activity beginning at late dusk. During the day, they depend on plumage for camouflage when roosting in foliage, usually close to the ground. When threatened, a Saw-whet Owl will elongate its body in order to appear like a tree branch or bump, often bringing one wing around to the front of the body.
Flight is rapid, woodpecker-like, labored, and undulating.

Voice: The Northern Saw-whet Owl vocalizes during the breeding season only (usually between March and May). They are silent at other times of the year. The primary courtship call is a monotonous, whistled "hoop", emitted at about 1.5 notes per second which may last for several hours without a break. Territorial calls are series of short clear notes. The Saw-whet Owl's name comes from the "skiew" call that is made when alarmed. This sound has a resemblance to the whetting of a saw. When the male flies to the nest with food it gives a rapid staccato burst of toots, and the female responds with a soft "swEE".
March 10, 2010
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Mar 10, 2010 4:50:47 pm
Now this is definitely cuteness! I want one! LOL

by shadownet Homepage »

Mar 10, 2010 4:56:54 pm
Wow! Cute indeed! He's quite diminutive! Very nice shots!

by Nickieboy2004 Homepage »

Mar 10, 2010 4:59:27 pm
What a marvelous "Hooter"

+5 from doarte's MADHOUSE

by doarte Homepage »

Mar 10, 2010 5:16:25 pm
How cute is THAT!?!? Adorable pics! (:

by CarolSassy Homepage »

Mar 10, 2010 5:23:28 pm
WoW Thats Awesome!

by J5ive Homepage »

Mar 10, 2010 5:28:53 pm
Just darling, I love that cute lil owl.

by 1010 Homepage »

Mar 10, 2010 5:31:39 pm
He is a cutie!!! Excellent capture!

by alessimarco Homepage »

Mar 10, 2010 5:51:53 pm

My cute meter just blew a fuse!

That is absolutely adorable! And those are wonderful photos of this little guy. Dare I say it.... an owl Hobbit. He actually looks very dignified in the bottom photo.

Very cool photos and info!

by RodS Homepage »

Mar 10, 2010 6:55:43 pm
Oh, I remember when the owl lady brought this little guy out...I just wanted to kiss his little head, LOL...but I don't think he would have liked that..

Yes! As RodS said, a Hobbit owl!!!

This rates very high on the cuteness meter!!!!

by Erestorfan Homepage »

Mar 10, 2010 7:22:59 pm
Great photos, it certainly is much smaller than I thought it would be!

by watapki66 Homepage »

Mar 10, 2010 9:33:06 pm
very very cool

by Arumbus Homepage »

Mar 10, 2010 9:50:31 pm
Well clearly this little guy did not feel threatened at all.

by brewgirlca Homepage »

Mar 10, 2010 10:14:03 pm
This is a cute lil' guy. Quite the opposite of the previous owl image. Well done.

by 2Loose2Trek Homepage »

Mar 10, 2010 11:53:09 pm
Adorable little fellow so cute indeed.. such a gorgeous little guy well done!!

by bazza Homepage »

Mar 11, 2010 12:25:21 am
I had my first close up look at the saw whet just last year and was so intrigued by them. They are beautifully marked but their size is the most incredible very small and yet so very powerful.

by MrsLubner Homepage »

Mar 11, 2010 4:16:07 am
Lovely looking owl. Great information!

by njb2000 Homepage »

Mar 11, 2010 1:42:26 pm
Very cute owl! Excellent captures!

by Pierrot_Lunaire Homepage »

Mar 11, 2010 2:39:25 pm
Such a cute and lovely shot, wonderful capture.

by adrie Homepage »

Mar 12, 2010 4:47:52 am
yeah ... she┬┤s cute !! lovely eyes !!!!! wonderful photo again ........

by morganahope Homepage »

Mar 12, 2010 8:17:37 am
Man where do you photograph these little guys. They are amazing. Now stop making a grown man go "ahhhhhhhhhh". LOL

by Raddar Homepage »

Apr 12, 2010 6:14:01 pm
Very cute one, lovely bird!

by thebasstard Homepage »

Apr 18, 2010 10:52:59 pm
Fantastic shot!

by Carlazzo Homepage »

Aug 4, 2010 6:18:12 am
It's a cutie, that's for sure... Now I'm going to train the right pronunciation of Saw-whet... :D

by vapo Homepage »

Dec 29, 2010 1:18:14 pm
What an adorable little owl!! Love owls, they are so cool!

by Digital_Mischief Homepage »


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