My Boreal Owl - Winter 2008-9

I'm pretty sure this was a young  Boreal Owl that flew into a tree next to my house. It was clearly hunting, scanning the ground for voles or something else tasty to chow down on. It was about the size of a good-sized ptarmigan; a pretty small owl. It faced away from me so the view is of its' back.

In this picture you can just make out the markings on its back. I think these are supposed to hunt only at night, but this one was out just at sunset. (The sunset was almost behind it, which is why my pictures didn't come out that good . . .). These were taken in November 2008.

I think this is the same owl, in a different tree, March 2009.