Pete Schultz from the International Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau (http://rainylake.org/) just sent me this photo that he took last fall while Grouse hunting. The Great Gray Owl was found in Koochiching County back in the woods on a remote forest road.
Here’s a cropped view of the same photo. The distinctive white moustache stands out on this bird and is a good field mark. I wonder if this is a resident Owl or if he had just moved down from Canada. Koochiching County is a fascinating place. It’s remoteness makes it even more alluring. I’ve been slowly exploring the County and the birding is great as I blogged about in this POST from last summer.