Northern Saw-whet Owl in tree
Northern Saw-whet Owl ( Aegolius acadicus) Photo Credit: Janet Bauer

Feeding Habits: Feeds at night on mice, small birds, and insects.

Unique Features: Commonly observed on Cassimer Bar living in wood duck nesting boxes. It is one of the smallest owl species in North America. Adults are only 6-8 inches long, which is smaller than an American robin (8-11 inches). Males sing incessantly at night in the early stages of the breeding season with a high-pitched and short “toot.” During this time, females incubate the eggs and care for the nestlings while the males hunt for small rodents, large insects, amphibians, and small birds.

Cultural Significance: The Salish word for owl is špǝ́łaʔ.