The -20°F temperature in north-central Minnesota in early March didn’t seem to bother this Barred Owl. Kevin Yopp of Grand Rapids saw it regularly in his yard during the brutally cold winter of 2013-14. The bird liked to hunt mice and voles that had burrowed under the snow to eat sunflower seeds dropped from a feeder.
Yopp didn’t have to deal with the weather, however, to take his picture. He shot through a double-pane window from inside his den and posted the photo to our Backyard Gallery. It was the first time he had caught the bird hunting.