Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula)
Status in the Checklist Area - (2) - Accidental

A long-tailed owl of northern forests that hunts rodents and some insects and birds during the day. Relies on sight for hunting more than hearing. Often perches in a conspicuous location at a top of a tree or snag watching for prey. Will also hover like an American Kestrel when hunting. Flight strong and rapid similar to small hawks (e.g. Cooper's Hawk). Size similar to a Peregrine Falcon.

Accidental in our checklist area during the winter. Has been found south to Washington state. Movements from their year-round habitat in northern sections of the Province presumed to follow food availability.

Ehrlich, Dobkin and Wheye, (1988)

Noteworthy Data
29-October-2011 Frosty Mountain, Manning Park J. Vroegop Perched on top of tree.
26-November-2008 Ledgeview Trail, Abbotsford S. Hewko Perched on top of tree at top of ridge. Not relocated.
Audio and Video    
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