Beth Siverhus of Warroad, Minn., photographed this great gray owl recently in northern Roseau County of northern Minnesota near the Manitoba border. According to Siverhus, a minor influx of great gray owls, which traditionally winter in Canada, occurred near Roseau this winter, a phenomenon known as an irruption. "I've been up there a couple of times andhave seen up to 16 great grays and four northern hawk owls," Siverhus writes, adding she also saw a boreal owl in the same location on two separate days.
"The great grays were catching meadow voles like crazy," Siverhus writes. "It was a blast to watch. They seem to have spread out now but it was fun while it lasted .. .especially since they were finding food and not going hungry as so many birds in these irruptions do." I've got lots of photos if you'd like to see any.
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