Winter is the best time to see our eastern owl species and Killdeer Plains wildlife Area near Marion, OH is one of the best places. However, revealing the exact locations is not a good idea, because too much human traffic can disturb the owls during the day when they are getting sleep. I headed to Killdeer Plains today to give it a try. I stopped at the eastern impoundment north of CH-68 (county highway) that is west of Washburn Road to check out the wintering waterfowl. There were lots of Canada Geese and Mallards and Black Ducks. In addition, there were thirteen Tundra Swans, a new bird for the year, a species that I hoped would be there. I continued to CH-71 to the main conifer stand to look for three species of owls reported to be there--Northern Saw-whet Owl, Long-eared Owl and Barn Owl. When I pulled into the parking lot, I met two Amish birders, who told me that the Saw-whet was still there and gave me general directions to where it was roosting. I already knew where to look but this information was helpful. I found the Northern Saw-whet Owl quite easily. Below is a picture of the roosting sleepy head. It is not a great picture, because I stayed away to not disturb it.