If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr) of the Northern Saw-whet Owl. Northern Saw-whet Owls nest in old tree cavities. The females incubate the eggs and brood the chicks alone. Babies fledge at 28 to 32 days after hatching. Some populations of Northern Saw-whet Owls are migratory. During the fall migration, bird banders lure them into mist nets using recorded owl calls. Captured birds are examined, measured, and banded. We were extremely fortunate to be able to visit a Saw-whet Owl banding demonstration last week here in northern Illinois. Of course, the birds being banded were fully fledged adults. But aren't they cute as chicks, too?
Petite Nyctale / Northern Saw-whet Owl by s_miousse Notice the prey-items ready for when the babies hatch!
Blue-eyed Baby by Dr. Hoo
NSWO 5-19-09 1440G by nebirdsplus
Family portrait by Dr. Hoo
Baby Saw-whet by BrendanMcGarry
Fab 5 by Dr. Hoo
Northern Saw-whet owl by Mat and Amie
Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our Birdorable Saw-whet Owl t-shirts & gifts!