Owl activity increases in January as they prepare to nest in February. We will hear both Barred and Great Horned Owls calling to one another in late winter and early spring.
Returning home one evening in late January, a Barred Owl silently swooped through our yard and landed in the large white oak tree. We scurried into the house and watched him from there as he surveyed our yard for prey.
I found potential evidence of his catch in the back yard this weekend, under our large white pine tree. There, the dark gray fur and bones of the rodent victim was neatly formed into a regurgitated owl pellet and lay on the snow.
|Great Horned Owl|
You can report owl sightings in Minnesota through the Minnesota Bird Breeding Atlas project. More information is on the Audubon Minnesota website.