This winter, a few Great Gray Owls were seen in northern Minnesota, but we didn’t have a large influx of them like we did several years ago. Shawn and I saw one Great Gray Owl just before we got to the park but it was still too dark for a photo. After we left the park, on a county road between Big Fork and Effie, we spotted this Great Gray. I’m always amazed to see one sitting on top of a thin branch like this because they are the biggest owl species we have. However, they only weigh about 2 ½ pounds; they’re mostly feathers.
P.S. That day we also saw Northern Shrike, Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Trumpeter Swan, and several Black-billed Magpies. That's why I said it was such a good birding day.
From April 7, 2013 - Scenic State Park