Ken, and others,
Perhaps others who visit this site can provide further details about next
box height, orientation, etc, but what struck me as very odd was the lack
of conifers anywhere to be seen in the general area. In fact, there are
almost no large or dense trees in the area for which to conceal the adult
birds. Also surprising about this nest is that it is so close to the road
and is literally directly above the parking space of a very popular birding
hot spot. The nest box itself faces the road and is probably only about
10-15 feet from the road. No doubt that if these birds have been nesting in
here for the entirety of nesting season, they are already quite accustomed
to human presence. At this particular location, there would be absolutely
no reason for anyone, including photographers, to leave the road to
approach any closer.
I've just put a photo of the bird and the box that it's in on my flickr, if
anyone would like to check it out.
On Sun, May 22, 2016 at 3:28 PM, G M ARCHAMBAULT <[log in to unmask]>
> Since word is out, out-of-staters who won't be visiting this site might
> appreciate a habitat description of the nest box location. I would enjoy
> knowing more about the setting of the nest box -- wooded or open, etc.
> Height of the nest box off the ground, direction the entry faces, shaded or
> in the sun, etc. All this intelligence helps us to expand our knowledge of
> this species, and helps people place nest boxes to attract owls. Thanks.
> Also, generally the adult will position its day roost within line of sight
> of the nest, so parents might be visible with some scanning of nearby trees
> or tall vegetation (usually an obstructed view). I've seen Saw-whet young
> in a Wood Duck box in Moraga, CA at the back edge of a meadow, with
> conifers/hardwoods not far away. At that site, I noticed trampled grass,
> indicating photographers had approached the nest box very closely instead
> of remaining on the trail where sufficiently fine photos were obtainable.
> Getting too close might accustom young owls to humans, which they should
> instead be wary of generally. Toward dusk, best keep generous distance in
> case a feeding occurs early. I'd be interested to know how close the nest
> is to moving cars and other activity as well -- just in case anyone else
> posts about this sighting. Best, -Ken Archambault, Birmingham, Alabama
> On Sunday, May 22, 2016 10:50 AM, Tyler Pockette <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> There is a fledgling Northern Saw-whet Owl peeking its head out of the
> nesting box above the parking space at the West Rutland Marsh boardwalk.
> Normally I wouldn't post the location of a potentially nesting owl, but
> given the location is at a popular birding destination, I think it's safe
> to say he'd be spotted eventually if he isn't already known about. Please
> be respectful of this bird.
> -Tyler Pockette