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What makes an owl a top predator?

  Many birders, me included, have an affinity for owls (families Tytonidae and Strigidae). They bring a certain fascination, mystique and inspiration that compel many people to seek out these raptors when in the field. Throughout the world there are … Continue reading

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The Northern Pygmy-Owl: The little owl with big personality

In late June I took a drive northwest of Calgary to see a pair of Sandhill Cranes that were reportedly nesting along the shore of a large pond (or small lake, if you prefer). I’d never really visited this particular … Continue reading

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An Owl with eyes in the back of its head

One of the more diminutive members of the Owl family is the Northern Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium gnona) which is 6”-61/2” (15-17 cm) in size. These pictures were taken on January 8th, 2009 the second picture shows that it has “Eyes … Continue reading

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Advanced Birding Techniques – Finding the Northern Pygmy-Owl

Guest post by Bob Lefebvre The Northern Pygmy-Owl is an elusive creature that can be very difficult for a birder to find.  For starters, it is very small, about the size of a pop can.  But there is no deposit … Continue reading

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Owl Quest – Again

I admit it – the birding gods have smiled on me when it comes to owl sightings. I grew up in the northern boreal forest, where Great-gray and Great-horned owls were commonplace.  In a South Carolina cypress swamp, a Barred … Continue reading

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