Great Gray Owl

While there was the odd sprinkle this morning, the rain held off for the most part today. I headed out to Reifel earlier than normal to help out as a Great Gray Owl had been sited there yesterday afternoon. This is the sanctuaries first record for this type of owl. When I arrived it had been spotted first thing, but had flown off over the sanctuary and not relocated. The area it has been frequenting to hunt is not open to the public, but staff have been taking groups in to view the bird.

It was a fairly busy Sunday with a decent number of visitors, so I spent time on the trails showing some the Great Horned and Northern Saw-whet Owls along the east dyke trail. Later in the afternoon I was notified that the Great Gray Owl had returned. It has been several years since I last saw and photographed one.

Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl

While it was quite some distance off across the field, it did provide good views to the many that had shown up to see it.