Date: 4/30/17 10:23 am
From: John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Saw-whet taunting me
Hi Peter,
Don Poggensee is an expert at finding Saw-whet Owls annually on their wintering ground in Iowa, and he offers helpful tips on finding them when we travel there on field trips to see his owls.  Besides keying in on whitewash evidence below favorite roost sites, Don has also learned that Saw-whets have a preference for exposures that allow them to sun themselves (at least on their wintering grounds) and he considers that as well when he searches them out.  Good luck!
-Shari Schwartz, Lincoln



On Sunday, April 30, 2017 9:27 AM, "<petermhill...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  Went for a walk down in the valley behind our house this morning, and heard the No. Saw-whet Owl that I occasionally hear at night vocalizing for 5-30 seconds at a pop, at times seemingly pretty close. The habitat is "pine ridge" formation ponderosa woods, but it is not that densely forested. I searched the dozens of trees in the vicinity where it seemed to be calling - high and low - but could not locate the sneaky little sucker. Wayne Mollhoff has placed 2 owl boxes on our land, neither of which seems to be in-use, but the NSWO was calling within a couple hundred yards of one of them. I sent him an email to let him know, along with a short video I took while the owl was calling. He will be back out here in the next couple of days for a site visit, and maybe will have better luck than I. 
Pretty quiet otherwise on this frosty morning. Our resident Pygmy Nuthatches, Eastern & Mountain Bluebirds, and Red Crossbills were all being pretty active. No warblers whatsoever, although I have seen lots of Yellow-rumps (both subspecies) elsewhere in the area over this past week. 
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