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CRITTER SPOTLIGHT: Owl Adventure: Northern Saw-whet owl: Aegolius acadicus

A very small saw-whet owl was discovered, on arrival, in the Christmas tree being delivered to Rockefeller Center in New York City. The owl came from two hours away. Experts suspect the owl was so camouflaged that it was impossible for those transporting the tree to notice it. Read "Rockefeller's" full story below. Rockefeller is scheduled to be release from the rehabilitation center tonight at dusk!

https://www.livescience.com/rockefeller-christmas-tree-owl.html


Saw-whet owls are one of the smallest owl species in North America. They only measure 7 to 8 inches. They are found in many places in the United States and are very common in New England. Saw-whet owls hunt mostly mammals such as mice and voles. Read more about the saw-whet owl in the article below.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Saw-whet_Owl/overview


While exploring in a forest you may be lucky enough to discover an owl pellet. Owl pellets are the parts of an owl's meal that it cannot digest. It holds onto these parts in its gizzard and then coughs the pellet up. Owl pellets can be very interesting to pick apart with a stick, they contain bacteria when found in the wild, so don't touch them with your bare hands!

For more information on owl pellets, check out this neat video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9azuEJnlQs&feature=emb_logo


Happy Exploring Watershed Explorers,

Mrs. Morissette







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