Sunday, August 22, 2010

Northern Pygmy Owl!

Yesterday, Michelle and I went out for our last training hike before climbing Mt. St. Helens next week. We chose to do the Elk Mountain/King's Mountain loop in the Tillamook National Forest. After we left the summit of Elk Mountain, about 500 feet down the trail towards King's Mountain, we came across a Northern Pygmy Owl just sitting on a tree stump! It was awesome to see and a Life List bird for us! Below are a couple of photos.

When we first was him (from about 100 yards away), we actually thought it was a Swainson's Thrush. But after walking a little closer, we could tell that it was an owl!


It was great to have him/her just sit there and pose for us. We rarely ever find owls, let a lone such a tiny little guy!

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2 comments:

jen said...

That's so awesome!!

Owlman said...

CONGRATS - what an amazing little dude!