Two Surprises

February 15, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I came across a lone Barrow's Goldeneye among a small mixed flock of more common ducks on my way to take a bird walk through Glaze Meadow today. It was the first of two nice surprise encounters on Black Butte Ranch. The second was two Great Horned Owls hooting back and forth from a distance of about 150 yards from each other in the timber along the w. edge of the meadow.  Besides being the first sighting of a GREAT HORNED OWL on the ranch, this was the first time we have seen eyelids that remind us of the fake eyes on the back of the head of the Northern Pygmy Owl. 

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Full-sized version of the last photo here

 


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