Northern Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium californicum)
Every now and then you have a special and memorable day of birding - and today was one of them! Days like these are the ones that make birding so enjoyable and keep you coming back for more. Not only did I meet and hang out with some fellow birders, but they also helped me find this little gem - a Northern Pygmy Owl - in a local park. While the light overall wasn`t great, the backlight from the setting winter sun was sensational...not sure I`ll get that background too often, so had to make the most of it. Happy holidays everybody!