Tengmalm’s Owl

What a moment!

Some things you can’t expect. I knew there had been a Tengmalm’s Owl competing for territory with a Hawk Owl (pretty cool in itself!). It seemed that the Hawk Owl had won out, as we heard (the female?) calling from a nest box and later saw the male bring food to the box. However I assumed the  Tengmalm’s had been out-sung and may well have moved on. It hadn’t. It was still there on one of our Taiga trips during the Gullfest in Varanger, Arctic Norway and proved an absolute highlight at the end of what had already been a remarkable days birding.

It’s also well north of normal range as far as I know. Thanks to Øyvind Zahl Arntzen of Arntzen Arctic Adventures – his cabin in the woods was certainly one of my favourite spots.

Watching a Boreal Owl. Photo by  Øyvind Zahl Arntzen

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About Martin Garner

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2 Responses to Tengmalm’s Owl

  1. Wouter van Pelt says:

    Martin, don’t forget to mention the epic snow scooter twitch of our Dutch fellow birder Nils – stretch your legs – Van Duivendijk 😉

  2. David Gray says:

    Nice one Martin, I think the bloke in the front with the smile on his face sums it up!…

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