The sun dawned bright on this day last week in the Bitterroot Valley as a tiny burrowing owl decides to open just one eye at a time.

The owl is part of a fairly rare family of burrowing owls in this part of Montana.

Of course, ya gotta try out the wings. Test flight time.

Take off. (Mike Daniels, Townsquare Media)

Checking the wing span.

Stretching for a landing. (Mike Daniels, Townsquare Media)