Sunday, December 30, 2012

Barred Owl

Erika and I enjoyed today's Red Wing, Minnesota, Christmas Bird Count. The good news: a beautiful, sunny day. The bad news: temperature was 0 degrees F. I made squeaking sounds to attract a flock of chickadees, but, instead this owl flew up to investigate. The lack of "ear" tufts, large size, and dark eyes add up to Barred Owl. Note the odd, white, fluffy feathers above the eyes--perhaps downy feathers on a bird hatched this year?

Other notable birds of the 23 species we listed included two Golden Eagles and 17 Mourning Doves.

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