Cold weather kills

by Sonya
(Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)

Brutal Cold kills Owl

Brutal Cold kills Owl

Two mornings ago around dawn, I spotted a small puffed out bird perched on my chain link fence.


It was about the size of a dove, but not the shape.

I could tell he was cold, but an hour later, he was gone.

This morning I went out to fill my feeders, and found a very small Owl against my shed, and he was dead.

I didn't realize Owls came this small and I can't help but feel sad for him.

Can you identify him for me? His wing span is about 8" as pictured.

Thank you for writing to us. I can't identify this poor little Owl, but perhaps one of our readers can.

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Feb 12, 2017
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Owl picture
by: Afam

It looks like a young Barred Owl.

Apr 13, 2015
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Dead owl
by: Debra

I had the same experience this morning, I came across a little owl dead on the ground in Elmira, Ontario. It had not been attacked by anything.

Mar 13, 2015
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Same find, Rockwood
by: S. Wood

Interesting, I just found same type of owl, dead on ground beside my barn, no sign of trauma - looks like death from natural causes but it wasn't that cold this week (March 13/14) Any agency interested in doing an autopsy? This is the first time I have seen this in 35 years on my property near Rockwood (not far from Waterloo.) Can't help but wonder if something else is going on.

Feb 07, 2015
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Owl identification question
by: Alison

I'm pretty sure it is a Northern Saw-whet Owl. Or possibly a Boreal Owl. I couldn't get a good look at it's face. What a shame. Poor little guy.

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