J.H. and I returned to the saw-whet owl location near Faribault this afternoon and found it perched on exactly the same tree, same branch as last week. This time the owl opened its eyes and glared at us, before going back to sleep. By the looks of the owl, it appears last night was good hunting.
Scott Weidensaul, in his book "Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding," suggests that recent efforts at banding saw-whet owls across the continent indicate that this hard-to-locate species may be the most common of the North American raptors. His book, by the way, is enjoyable and educational.