Great Gray Owl in flight (8)
|From my last trip to Ottawa.|
The Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) is in fact the largest member of the Strigidae family in North America. This « gray ghost » is characteristically tame. It flies low to the ground and its flight is virtually noiseless.
The Great Gray Owl ranges in the northern coniferous belt across North America and Eurasia. It occurs in most parts of Canada. It is the emblem bird of Manitoba. Evidence of nesting activity was first recorded in 1988 in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of northwestern Québec.