It’s not the fox watching the henhouse, but instead, the owl

We have been SO overdue for cute owl photos, ever since the charming saga of Wollet over the summer. And now, our unspoken wish is granted, courtesy of Jonathan French, who says his neighbor northwest of The Junction – proprietor of Better Coops and Gardens – has had this little visitor around all day in her carport workshop … watching her build chicken coops!

15 Replies to "It's not the fox watching the henhouse, but instead, the owl"

  • Rhonda Porter November 13, 2009 (4:03 pm)

    How adorable!

  • me on 28th Ave SW November 13, 2009 (4:04 pm)

    “So that’s how I unhatch the door”….SO cute! Thanks for sharing.

  • DC November 13, 2009 (4:17 pm)

    What a great picture! Thanks for sharing

  • Valerie November 13, 2009 (4:35 pm)

    Industrial espionage, no doubt… ;-) S/he’s really charming; thanks for sharing the pics!

  • Clay November 13, 2009 (4:45 pm)

    What a fine Bird!

  • Jeff B. November 13, 2009 (4:47 pm)

    Northern Saw-whet Owl? That’s a lifer for me, wish I could see him for real. Send him over to Fairmont Park please.

  • KR November 13, 2009 (5:41 pm)

    This makes my day!

  • ca November 13, 2009 (6:13 pm)

    Wow great pics, GORGEOUS creature….thanks for sharing…maybe more to come? =)

  • JumboJim November 13, 2009 (8:05 pm)

    Yep, that’s a saw-whet owl. They are so awesome looking. I’ll never forget the first one I ever saw. I was in the UW arboretum and I pulled back the branches a bit on a leafy bush to see the label and hiding there was a saw-whet owl! It never even moved. Found out since that it is very typical for them to sit tight until the last moment.

    Send him/her to Fauntleroy too!

  • jt November 13, 2009 (9:50 pm)

    Look at those eyes! Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Lee Reid November 13, 2009 (10:52 pm)

    The little owl moved off the saw to the top of one of the coops then slept the day away until 5:00 pm he/she then took off to hunt. I believe it is a Northern Saw-Whet owl. It is about 6″ tall and lives on a diet of rodents.
    I have promised it a space heater and more privacy if it will agree to reside permanentely in my garage

  • Kelly K November 14, 2009 (9:48 am)

    I was thinking I’d never heard of an “owl house” you could build but, of course, thanks to the magic of the internet, we can all have one:

    There’s even a photo guide to building a box for a saw-whet owl.

  • Shari K. November 14, 2009 (3:14 pm)

    Jonathan what wonderful pictures! So glad you chose to share them!

  • DJ/Dad November 15, 2009 (9:19 pm)

    WHOO was that bird?!
    Probably a 7-E offspring.

  • Mona November 16, 2009 (12:07 pm)

    Last week, my husband and I were inside and it was very dark. I thought I heard something hit the window. He jumped up and sure enough, an owl was sitting on one of my planters. He sat a long time, long enough to get a photo but it did not turn out very well, then he flew off.
    We live near 100th over the Fauntleroy Ferry close to Lincoln Park so I think we must have seen the Barred Owl. It was an amazing experience.

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