Northern Pygmy Owl, Chilliwack, BC

I spent last weekend with family in Chilliwack, BC.  I eagerly accepted my brother’s invitation to go check a known location in the Ryder Lake area for Northern Pygmy Owls on a fantastic afternoon of sunshine.  Northern Pygmy Owls are known to frequent areas where logging has happened and often hunt from the tops of younger replanted trees.  After searching several cut blocks along some logging roads we spotted one sitting in their typical perches right on the top of a smaller tree.  We spent some time watching this tennis ball sized owl hunt from various perches in the cut block.  In typical owl fashion, it seemed oblivious to our presence and flew to a tree within 3 meters of where my brother was standing without even glancing at him.  I set up my Swarovski ATX 95 telescope with an iPhone adapter and fire off some photos and video.   What a treat to observe one at such close range!  Complete ebird list from the afternoon below.

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My brother checking camera settings with the Pygmy Owl hunting meters away.
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         Northern Pygmy Owl digiscoped with a Swarovski ATX 95 and their iPhone adapter.          
Feb 11, 2018 11:30 AM – 1:43 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 kilometer(s)
10 species
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Northern Pygmy-Owl  1
Common Raven  2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  3
Bushtit  4
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Varied Thrush  2
Song Sparrow  4




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