Tonight there was a Great Gray Owl in Cass County (finally, now I just need
a Boreal Owl in Cass and I will no longer regret not coming home for the owl
invasion) - I watched it hunt a small opening for 10 minutes, and when I
left it was in a large spruce along the road looking in the general
direction of three Ruffed Grouse on the other side of the road. I left the
scene so as to not disturb this amazing bird. I think this finally proves
to me that the best way to find rare or elusive birds is to forget your
camera or in my case tonight - your compact flash memory card at home!!! -
This bird was in perfect light not 50 yards from my car - Doh!
Also tonight I briefly saw what I believe may have been a Great Horned Owl
of the subspecies *subarcticus. *This bird was seen flying and briefly at
rest for a total of about 45 seconds, but the overall impression was of a
very pale bird. In flight it could easily have been mistaken for a snowy
owl, but as soon as it perched the tell tale ear tufts popped up.
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