Northern Saw Whet Owl

One of the smallest and hardest to find owls in North America is the Northern Saw Whet. Tiny and usually perched hidden in high pine trees, these little fluff balls have a loud call and are best detected by sound during the night or finding pellets and whitewash during the day. No bigger than the size of a fist, these owls prey on small animals like mice and voles by waiting on a low lying branch to pounce onto their unsuspecting target.