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Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma

Fairly common locally in relatively undisturbed conifer-dominated forests in King, Kitsap, and Kittitas Counties. Recorded only away from urban and developed suburban areas, but possibly under-recorded due to crepuscular, sometimes secretive habits. Apparently absent from Island County. Records concentrated in forest zones at moderate elevation on both sides of Cascade crest. May move upslope to tree line in late summer and downslope in fall and winter. Seems to require good-quality forest with good-sized trees, perhaps to provide adequate nesting cavities.