This was one of a pair of 'Short-eared Owls' that were hunting on the tundra, just before we reached the Arctic Circle rest area. It was, at this point, still a fairly cool, over cast day with occasional light showers.
The Snow-shoe Hares that had been keeping us company for the past few days have now been replaced by these guys - 'Arctic Ground Squirrels'
as was this pretty little thing....neither of which I can find in my now 'infamous' Yukon flower book.
We're getting closer to the Richardson Mountains here.