Superb Owl Sunday Kick-off

On the next to last day of 2018, we saw three Saw-whet Owls in Central Park.I’ve been saving them for today, international Superb Owl day, which transforms something toxic and commercial (“Superbowl”) into something delightfully non-corporate and much, much shorter.It’s been a bumper winter for Saw-whets here in the city, but in a sad way: seven or so ended up at the Wild Bird Fund, the avian rescue center in Manhattan.

These are our most common owls. Small and nocturnal, they usually slip through the cracks of our lumbering perception. But they don’t necessarily slip through the glass of our hardscape.

Nice little evergreen catalog here, too: pine, holly, yew.

Click here for all the Superb Owls on this blog. Tune in again this afternoon and evening for more S.Os. (Sure beats the Stupor Bowl on TV.)

Here’s the ABA code of ethics for birding.

2 Responses to “Superb Owl Sunday Kick-off”


  1. 1 Susan February 3, 2019 at 10:42 am

    This is the closest I’ll ever get to seeing this perfect little owl. Thank you Matthew

    • 2 mthew February 3, 2019 at 12:49 pm

      You never know. Two of these were just feet away from well-travelled paths in Central Park. A few years ago, a friend had one in spend the day in her apartment building courtyard.


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