The Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus)-- is a little owl that is about 7 inches long with big yellow eyes. It is smaller than a screech owl and doesn't have the ear tufts. Its song is a monotonous whistled note repeated
in endless succession, although this little owl is usually silent. Its song can be heard in late winter and spring.
It picks a deserted woodpecker's hole or cavity to build its nest, which is made without the usual nesting materials. Anywhere
from 5 to 6 white eggs are laid.
The saw-whet is nocturnal and hunts rodents and insects. The little bird is docile and can be approached during the day.
The range is southeast Alaska, Canada, western and northeastern U.S. It can be found in forests, coniferous woodlands and