Northern Saw-whet Owl
The Northern Saw-whet Owl "Aegolius acadicus" is a very small, short-bodied, Owl with a relatively short tail. The overly large head has no ear tufts and may appear distorted due to an asymmetrical skull. They look small when perched and tend to shuffle their feet, but in flight appear larger because of their broad wings. The eyes are large and bright yellow-orange. The bill is black. Saw-whet owls live in Northern Wisconsin but I had never been lucky enough to see one in the daytime before.
We saw this owl at a raptor show and I felt so sorry for him. He had his eye pecked out by a hawk or another owl. See picture below. He can no longer fend for himself and now his life is spent going around to shows so people can see owls closeup. The Wildlife Recovery Association takes in injured and wounded birds to rehab or present to the public to promote an appreciation of these magnificent creatures. I took the best picture of him that I could so everyone could see what a special bird he is.
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