Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA), other datasets and experts throughout the state, as part of the Washington Gap Analysis Legend: = Core Habitat = Marginal Habitat. Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Bird Volume by Uchenna Bright It is primarily found in North America, Europe and Asia. Key words: Aegolius funereus; Boreal Owl; breed- ing range; western North America. It is brown above, with white flecking on the shoulders. A tiny owl with a catlike face, oversized head, and bright yellow eyes, the Northern Saw-whet Owl is practically bursting with attitude. Years later, another (probably the second) specimen record for Washington was a winter bird collected by Richard Johnson at Pullman in Whitman County on January 10, 1974. In North America it is known as the Boreal Owl, named after the Greek god Boreas. Range map of boreal owl in the State of Alaska. BOREAL FOREST IN CANADA. Email Us, Board of Fisheries and Game: Actions & Activities, Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS), About the Division of Commercial Fisheries, Western Alaska Salmon Stock Identification Program (WASSIP), Online General Season & Registration Permits, Subsistence and Personal Use Fishing Permits, CSIS – Community Subsistence Information System, The Technical Papers and Special Publications Series. One of the most common owls in forests across northern North America (and across the U.S. in winter), saw-whets are highly nocturnal and seldom seen. The Boreal or Tengmalm's Owl is a small owl with no ear-tufts. This species has been hard to find in many western states until recent years. Waterfowl and seabirds are also drawn to the archipelagos off the coasts of Finland and Sweden. Its preference for high remote forests and its strictly nocturnal habits make it difficult to detect. The Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus) is a forest-dwelling owl that breeds in boreal and subalpine forests in North America and Eurasia. Other isolated sites include high forests on Mount Rainier and Mount Adams. Isolated sight- Text edited by Gussie Litwer Conifer forests in the Blue Mountains and near Mount Rainier and Mount Adams in the same zones, plus parts of the Mountain Hemlock zone, were peripheral. Males may mate with more than one female in a season, so can be “polygynous”. Where mice and other small mammals are concerned this fierce, silent owl is anything but cute. This bright-eyed, square faced owl sits and waits on a perch for small mammals and birds before gliding down talons first to grab it. They spend summers far north of the Arctic Circle hunting lemmings, ptarmigan, and other prey in 24-hour daylight. The Boreal Owl has a large range, estimated globally at 10,000,000 square kilometers. The first record was published in 1908 of a specimen taken near Glacier in Whatcom County on January 17, 1905; the specimen was later misplaced. The regal Snowy Owl is one of the few birds that can get even non-birders to come out for a look. The habitats were Good habitat in the core areas of use included conifer forests in the Subalpine Fir and Alpine/Parkland zones in western Okanogan County, northern Chelan County, Ferry County, and northeastern Pend Oreille County. In the dark of the night, the small Boreal Owl comes alive in the spruce and fir forests of northern North America and Europe. Breeding Range Map Home | Some authorities now believe that Boreal Owls are common in appropriate habitats throughout the West. The first published report indicating that Boreal Owls may breed in Minnesota was from northern Cook County in 1926 (Schorger 1926). This bright-eyed, square faced owl sits and waits on a perch for small mammals and birds before gliding down talons first to grab it. The boreal forest in Canada covers almost 60% of the country’s land area. Two years later, this species was also found in boreal forests of Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille Counties in Subalpine Fir, Lodgepole Pine, Engelmann Spruce, and Grand Fir forests. See the darkest green band shown in this satellite photo: much of that is the boreal forest. Resources, Legend: This species is uncommon in very high-elevation forests in Engelmann Spruce, Subalpine Fir, and Lodgepole Pine. In 1994 it was reported in the Blue and Wallowa Mountains in Oregon, and recent work shows that Boreal Owls are regularly found in similar habitat high in WashingtonÕs Blue Mountains, where surveys located Boreal Owls during the breeding season of 1987. The head is large, with yellow eyes and a white facial disc, and a "surprised" appearance. Captures prey that is active under snow and vegetation. In the dark of the night, the small Boreal Owl comes alive in the spruce and fir forests of northern North America and Europe. Box 115526 1255 W. 8th Street Juneau, AK 99811-5526 It has been listed by some researchers as Òhypothetical,Ó though surely it occurred throughout much of its present range since 1953. From late winter through spring, its quick, hollow hooting sounds across the dark forest as the male calls for a mate. They were rarely found below 4000 feet. An inaccessible breeding range, secretive habits, population fluctuations resulting from the cyclic abundance of prey, and nomadic movements make it difficult to determine long-term population trends. The fens and meadows provide ideal nesting grounds for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds. This largest (by weight) North American owl shows up irregularly in winter to hunt in windswept fields or dunes, a pale shape with catlike yellow eyes. It is a terrestrial bird that lives in forest habitats that are boreal, subarctic, or temperate. Shipping list no. The boreal owl is 22–27 cm (8.7–10.6 in) long with a 50–62 cm (20–24 in) wingspan. From late winter through spring, its quick, hollow hooting sounds across the dark forest as the male calls for a mate. Photo Gallery (12 pictures) The 1983 AOU checklist of North American birds describes the southern extent of western Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus) populations as south central Can- ada, although it also records breeding populations in Colorado and northwestern Wyoming.