This tiny cat-faced owl can fit in the palm of your hand. They are only about 8 inches from top to tail. They can be found in woodlots year-round in mid-Michigan but are less common than Eastern Screech owls.
Saw-whets are predators to mice and voles but can be preyed upon by larger raptors, including other owls and hawks. They roost during the day under the cover of thick conifers. Occasionally songbirds can discover a resting spot and mob the owl in an effort to drive it away. Tuning in to a chickadee or jay calling a warning is one of the best ways for bird watchers to find these well-hidden owls.
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