Northern Saw-whet Owl

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Silverado Canyon,
December 2008

We found this beautiful Owl in Silverado Canyon in Southern California during the 2008 Christmas Bird count. (I finally managed to get a nice photo of a Saw-whet Owl in our local canyons!) It always seems that the instant you see one of these owls here they immediatly fly away. Late at night this particular individual flew right up close, sat on a branch 15 feet above and just watched us. He remained while I ran to the car, got a camera, and then while we talked about what a nice owl it was! As we left he was still sitting on the same branch.

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