Northern Hawk Owl  ( Chouette épervière )      This species is of special interest to Timiskaming birders.    All sightings should be documented and reported.

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Surnia ulula

Description:    Northern Hawk Owl
Photo Date:   April 13, 2009


Hilliard Township


Michael Werner

General Notes


Abundance: Occasional Earliest observed date: September 19

Typical arrival date:

November 20
Breeding Status: Latest observed date:  

Typical departure date:

April 13

Documented Observations



September 19, 1959. One observed in McElroy Township near Larder Lake by Percy Richter.

November 16, 2000. One observed at Hilliardton Marsh by Bruce Murphy.

November 16, 2000. One observed in Harley Township by Bruce Murphy. (A different individual than the above observation)

December 16, 2008 to January 15, 2009. One observed near Hwy. 11 in Bucke Twp. Found by Bruce and Reed Murphy.  Also viewed by Serge Gendron, Michael Werner, and Robin Boyer.

February 5, 2009. One observed by Jonathan Frechette in Casey Twp.

April 13, 2009. One observed and photographed by Michael Werner in Hilliard Township.