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Reader photo: A Barred Owl makes a magnificent subject on a frigid Minnesota day

Barred Owl (Strix varia), Grand Rapids, Minnesota, March 4, 2014, 2:45 p.m. by Kevin Yopp
Barred Owl (Strix varia), Grand Rapids, Minnesota, March 4, 2014, 2:45 p.m. by Kevin Yopp

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.

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