Local photographer Amelia Hawkins spotted this saw-whet owl hunkering down in the snow on a recent jog down the bike path near Sun Valley Resort.

Saw-whet owls are "seldom seen but fairly common" in the Wood River Valley, local bird expert Brian Sturges told the Express. "The dark bill, streaked chest and lack of black outline to the face helps to distinguish it from the rarer boreal owl.

"We do have boreal owls in our area, however," Sturges said. "They are usually found at higher elevations and are extremely nocturnal. Hard to find anytime of year, they can be found usually in the springtime by listening for their rather loud call."

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