Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sophia the Saw-whet Owl


Isn't she beautiful? This is Sophia, a Saw-whet Owl that lives at Effie Yeaw Nature Center near Sacramento, CA. My sister and I met her yesterday while on our annual, all-day birdwatching trip.

Sophia is very compact at only eight inches tall. Saw-whet Owls are not seen very often due to their small size and because they only come out at night. She was hit by a truck five years ago and somehow clung to the grill for sixty miles. Veterinarians nursed Sophia back to health, but she lives permanently at the nature center because she can no longer survive in the wild.


It was absolutely gorgeous in central California yesterday. We took a walk from the nature center down a short path to the American River and had a relaxing afternoon break by the water.

14 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

Oh, what a sad story. She's such a beautiful little owl -- what a pretty little face. Did you see lots of other birds on your trip?

Patricia said...

She is soooo adorable! What a wonderful story of survival.

justjenn said...

Effie Yeaw is such a gem! Reminds me I should get out there more. Glad you had a good trip.

Linda said...

Stacy, Sophia is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing this photo. I adore owls... It's wonderful that you live near to this lovely nature centre. Sophia has been through so much but is looking healthy and happy.
Wishing you an inspired week.
xo
Linda

Theresa said...

OH WOW, what a beautiful OWL! I also love that picture of the river and those pretty rocks! Sweet day spent with your Sister! HUGS!

Tracey said...

She is such a beautiful owl and I love how she is posed there like such a lady.
We visit the wild life center in Savannah and it is always a great way to spend the day.
I hope you have a lovely week.
What's on your needles? :)

Suz said...

oh, she is a cutie.....and that river bank with all those gorgeous rocks....I would have had a pocketful on the way home...
love owls

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Wow. Poor thing. She's a pretty little girl, isn't she?

Ronna said...

I just adore that little owl. So sweet. Happy the story ended well for her.

Jane Skoch said...

Hi Stacy, love the owl! That's the owl that landed in our bushes last winter! It's so adorable! They seem quite friendly as he wasn't scared away by us. They are the teeniest little things! I've started Death at Pemberly....

Amin said...

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Dogwood said...

i love owls so much.

Dogwood said...

i love owls so much.

Theresa said...

OUR JUSTIN IS HOME, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS! HUGS!