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Northern Pygmy Owl

A northern pygmy owl perches high on a dead pine tree near the Cow Creek trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a good habitat for them, having a mix of meadow, pine and aspen, and a year-round creek for water. They like to perch high in trees, and this one picked the tallest tree in the area - making him easy to spot but hard to photograph!

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Comment by Jon Lutz on October 27, 2010 at 5:18pm
Thanks for the information and the great picture. I am partial to the owls.
Comment by Pat Gaines on October 26, 2010 at 8:42pm
I've yet to find one in the morning - both my successful trips have been in the late afternoon/early evening.
Comment by Pat Gaines on October 26, 2010 at 8:41pm
Hi Jon, I've seen them twice now in about 7 tries about a mile up the Cow Creek Trail, and I'm 0-1 on searching in Endovalley near the Long Lake trailhead, although I've heard this area is good for them too.
Comment by Jon Lutz on October 26, 2010 at 7:04pm
Looks ready for the winter. Are they common in the park if one was to look in the habitat you described?
Comment by Gary Lefko on October 25, 2010 at 4:49pm
Nice! Gary

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