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This large owl's size is partially attributable to its fluffy feathers. Still, it is a very impressive bird of prey. Its head is large and rounded. Predominant color is gray or grayish brown.
Generally associated with boreal forests. In some winters, however, they irrupt and we see more of them in Minnesota than usual. In this case, this owl is almost certainly a resident and is a member of a breeding pair in Sax-Zim Bog.