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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Long-eared Owl

At Audubon's Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch south of Elgin, a Long-eared Owl posed on the road Thursday night, giving me my best looks ever at this amazing bird. Usually I see these owls are on day roosts, where they look groggy or annoyed. Here in my headlights, the bird was a fierce and active hunter--turning its head rapidly 180 degrees back and forth, looking around. After a few minutes it flew off over the grasslands, leaving me with just a memory.

Day List: 38 species (190% of Bird RDA)
2008 List: 164

1 comment:

mon@rch said...

Great bird! Congrats on adding to your list!

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