I am in Kelowna - on the west-facing slope just south of the airport. I have a gazillion feeders and have the usual sparrows, finches and chickadees, but yesterday morning about 8:30 I had a new bird that I am sure was not after the feed in the feeders - but rather the birds that eat at my feeders!
Have never seen this bird before - he came twice, but only managed to get pics of him the first time. Managed these 4 fast shots before a magpie chased him off.
Am I right in identifying him as a Northern Pygmy Owl?
If I am wrong, please correct me
Does this bird winter here or perhaps was it just passing through on its way to somewhere warmer for the winter?
I am not wild about it hanging around to feed off my songbirds, but on the other hand - I WAS thrilled to see a new bird!!!