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: Northern Saw-whet Owl; Red Crossbill; Fraker Farm, Woodford Co; 11/20/12  ( 1866 )

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With such a beautiful afternoon, I took a much needed mental and physical scamper out into the Farm today after work. I was hoping for Owls and/or Crossbills.

I was quickly rewarded with our first Winter owl of the season, this Northern Saw-whet Owl:



This little guy was in an odd spot -- it was about two stories up in a Norway Pine. This is an iPhoniscoped shot. I attached a photo below of real perspective to show where it was. I am not confident that this is a solid roost -- my gut feeling is that this will be a "one and done" bird; but if it becomes a good roost, or I find one, I will be happy to get people out here on this bird when/if possible.

Deciding I better look around a little bit more, I had a lone male Red Crossbill fly in calling and land treetop quite a ways away -- here is a very edited picture of this little visitor:



During my hour plus of further owl searching, I heard this little dude one other time.

Kinda weird looking at a Saw-whet and a Crossbill in 65 degree weather...
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so, did you just happen to scope that tree, cause you've had owls there before.....?????  I've had people point to saw-whets that are at eye level and they're hard to find......

I doubt you're seeing any wash from that little owl 40 feet down.....so I'm assuming you had a hunch of sorts.....

Fran

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Excellent find! I hope to get one this winter, and what a great shot! There are only two owl species left for me to find in Illinois and that is one of them.

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Good stuff, Matt.
Quite the find way up in that tree!

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so, did you just happen to scope that tree, cause you've had owls there before.....?????  I've had people point to saw-whets that are at eye level and they're hard to find......

I doubt you're seeing any wash from that little owl 40 feet down.....so I'm assuming you had a hunch of sorts.....

Inquiring minds want to know, too?

Nice report and photos.

Marion
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frakerpovc

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Thanks, Brendon and Evan. If we get one to sit this Winter, you will all be more than welcome to come look at it.

Fran and Marion -- I was laughing when I took that "perspective" shot in a "what the heck" kind of way. No -- wash is not very helpful when it is all landing 20 feet above you.

I have had Long-eareds use this stand on several occasions so I had just started surfing the pines with my binocs for "hidden" Long-eareds (i.e. ones that don't silhouette out). On the very first tree I was surfing this little guy literally popped into view only after about five to 10 seconds of looking. I just stared at it dumbfounded with a frontal lobotomy look on my face.

I wish they were all that easy...

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Does "iPhoniscoped" mean you used a plain old iPhone or do you have some kind of "iPhoniscope" device?

And congrats on that photo!
Phil Timberlake

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Nice find, Matt.

Great photo, too!

Keith

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FWIW, the Saw-whets that spend the winter in the pines at Bartel Grassland (usually up to a dozen), almost always roost in the tops of the 40' tall trees.
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Matthew Cvetas

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Does "iPhoniscoped" mean you used a plain old iPhone or do you have some kind of "iPhoniscope" device?

Hi Phil,

iPhoniscoping is digiscoping with an iPhone. In other words, Matt took a picture with his iPhone by holding it up to his scope's eye piece. You can also do the same with an iPhone and binoculars.

Here's a tutorial on how to do it.
« : November 20, 2012, 06:38:17 PM Matthew Cvetas »
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What a beautiful shot! I hope it sticks around!
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Thanks for the tutorial, Matthew!
Phil

 

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