Northern saw-whet owl (Aegolius acadicus)
One of North-America's smallest owls, saw-whets in winter roost in small conifers, this one in a spruce. Adults are the approximate size of an American robin - about seven to eight-and-a-half inches high.
A saw-whet's favourite prey is mice. One mouse is enough food for two meals.
Instead of flying when a saw-whet is discovered, it sits very still making it an easy photographer's model. However, I used a long lens hoping to not stress it too much.
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