Northern hawk owls are a species of owl that are active during the day (they are diurnal as opposed to nocturnal). They are distributed throughout the boreal forest across Canada, and are year-round residents. They usually inhabit coniferous or mixed-wood forests near open areas and are also frequently found in old burned forests. This pair of hawk owls was spotted in a patch of burned forest on the northern edge of the McClelland fen north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. They feed on small mammals such as mice and voles, but also some small birds. They nest in cavities or hollow broken tree tops. Judging by their behaviour towards us, there’s a good chance we were close to their nest, though we couldn’t see any obvious cavities.
Video taken by Darcy Doran-Myers
Post by Julia Shonfield