If you live on an extensively wooded lot within the Northern Saw-whet Owl’s breeding range, you might attract a breeding pair by putting up a nest box. You can download plans to build an appropriately sized nest box via our Nestwatch nest box construction plans page.
Find This Bird
It’s hard to see a Northern Saw-whet Owl, but you may hear them on quiet nights from January to May in forests of northern and western North America. Listen for a sharp, high, repeated too-too-too call. During the day these small, hard-to-find owls roost silently in dense conifers. Your best chance of seeing them is to pay attention to small songbirds—if they discover a roosting saw-whet, they’re likely to kick up a racket, calling and flying at the owl until it moves one.