Fortunately my mom had her camera with her and was able to snap a few photos before its battery died.
|Northern Saw-whet Owl - Cambridge (photo by Fran Vandermeulen)|
Despite being a common owl over much of its boreal breeding range, they generally don't overwinter in this part of Ontario and are thus only around during migration. Their ability to remain perfectly still and hidden makes it very difficult to find saw-whets, and often the scolding chickadees do all the work, as was the case this time. In fact, this is the first Saw-whet that I have seen in the county. Nice to get it so close to home, too!