Saw-Whet Owl Portrait
“Saw-Whet Owl Portrait” black and white scrimshaw on ancient mammoth tusk ivory bark by David Smith. One of a series of owl portraits for Scrimshaw Collector.Northern Saw-whet Owls are almost entirely nocturnal and are far more often heard than seen. They spend the daylight hours roosting quietly in thick cover, where their presence is sometimes betrayed by the scolding of a mob of smaller birds.Although they vocalize year-round, Northern Saw-whets can be heard more often during their breeding season (April through June), when they are looking for mates. They nest in tree cavities, where the female does all of the incubation and brooding while the male hunts.