Boreal owl spotted in the North Thompson Valley community of Louis Creek. (Jill Hayward photo)

Boreal owl spotted in the North Thompson Valley community of Louis Creek. (Jill Hayward photo)

Who-o-o are you?

Look what a Louis Creek resident found perched on a tree branch in their garden a few days ago – a boreal owl. These small owls are 22–27 cm (8.7–10.6 inches) in length, and have a wingspan of 50–62 cm (20–24 inches) are also known as Tengmaim’s owl in Europe. These owls are not often seen as they are known for nocturnality, a behavior that is characterized by being active during the night and sleeping during the day. This little fellow remained motionless on the tree branch from first light to dark, and then he was off hunting a mouse for dinner.

Boreal owls can live up to 16 years if they can avoid becoming dinner for other raptors or other owls.

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