In a Shoebox, an Owl and a Mystery

A man walked into the parks department’s headquarters in the Arsenal in Central Park on Friday afternoon and handed over a shoebox.

“He didn’t stay, he didn’t give a name,” said Vickie Karp, a parks spokeswoman. “He just said, ‘Here’s an owl.’”

The man said the owl had flown onto his property in Sea Gate, Brooklyn, several days ago and had been sitting on the ground for a couple of days, Ms. Karp said.

The owl (see video below) was small. At first, parks workers thought it was a fledgling.

But Rob Mastrianni, an urban park ranger for the department who specializes in raptors, immediately recognized it as an adult northern saw-whet owl, a species that only grows to a height of 7 or 8 inches and to a weight of about 3 ounces. Saw-whets live in Canada and sometimes spend the winter in New York.

The owl refuses to fly, but the reason was not immediately clear, Ms. Karp said. Sometimes when saw-whets are frightened, she said, they will simply stay very still and appear very calm. The owl, dubbed Owl Jolson, has been turned over to rehabilitation experts at the Wild Bird Fund.

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Week in Pictures for Oct. 12

Here is a slide show of photographs from the past week in New York City and the region. Subjects include walrus inhabitants at the New York Aquarium, the Columbus Day Parade and a ceremony for new inscriptions on the city’s Police Memorial Wall.

This weekend on “The New York Times Close Up,” an inside look at the most compelling articles in Sunday’s Times, Sam Roberts will speak with The Times’s Nicholas Confessore, Wendy Ruderman, Michael Cooper, Eleanor Randolph and Michael Barbaro. Also appearing, David Rothenberg. Tune in at 10 p.m. Saturday or 10 a.m. Sunday on NY1 News to watch.

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