Great Grey Owl - Strix nebulosa (Strigidae) 117v-22145
The Great Grey Owl is the largest owl in North America. Like many other raptors in today's world, they often launch their hunting forays from fence posts rather than the more traditional (and photogenic) moss and lichen covered stumps and branches. Posts provide an ideal perch from which they can patiently watch and listen for rodent activity in the roadside ditches. It's interesting to compare the facial disc of this owl to the hind wing of the Giant Owl Butterfly posted yesterday - the resemblance is quite striking, considering their vastly differing positions on the tree of life.