Northern Saw-whet Owl - Aegolius acadicus
After meeting Noel the Saw-whet owl at the Univeristy of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic, I had to do a little painting. Saw-whets are one of the smallest North American owls, and can be found in highly coniferous, woodland habitats. They are nocturnal, of course, and prey upon small mammals such as mice.
Spring is here, and birds are migrating. Next week I am off to Austin, TX for SXSW. In the meantime here is a little poem I was made aware of last week. It's Avian Time by Reginald Gibbons, and wonderfully illuminates the work of the Field Museum Bird Collections Manager, and other bird collision monitors.