Another Hawk Owl

Northern Hawk Owl

Northern Hawk Owl

This Hawk Owl was just south of Orr on Highway 53. He was at the very top of a tall Spruce tree – I’d say the tree was about 70 feet tall. It was a nice bright sunny day so I pulled over and got a few shots.

Northern Hawk Owl profile

Northern Hawk Owl profile

The Owl was looking all around, he was very actively hunting. I didn’t see him take anything, but he was very interested in what was going on across the highway. There had been some clearing done by the power line and there was a bulldozer over there smoothing out the ground. I’m thinking that the dozer might have been kicking up some small varmints that the Hawk Owl would find tasty.

Hawk Owl

Hawk Owl

Notice the big white stripe on the side of the head that make this Owl so distinctive. We’re having a major invasion of Hawk Owls this year – later on I saw two more Hawk Owls on my way home from Duluth on Hwy 7 in the Sax-Zim bog area.

Check out the latest from Meadowlands about the Sax-Zim Bird Festival February 12 – 14, 2010: http://www.moumn.org/sax-zim/.

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