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My recent post prompted a message from Tanya Beyer, regarding a Long-
eared Owl she saw in downtown Duluth today (10/24/2011):

"This owl crossed my path just after I had headed up from the 
lakewalk at about 8:30 a.m. Monday. I had reached the plaza above 
Michigan Street and was just past the monument with all the stacked 
hands, titled 'The Arising.' The owl, which I guessed to be a great 
horned at first, plunged into one of three or four spruces in the 
planting behind the monument. So I crept around the wall of the 
planting and was soon able to see the grey bulk and the perky tall 
horns above the eyes. The owl stayed, turning frequently to look 
away, then to look back and make sure the observer was no more of a 
threat than before.

This is my second long-eared. In 1977, at the age of 17, I was so 
lucky as to scare one up in the pasture behind my childhood home at 
the edge of the Indianapolis metro area. We had a lot of thickets and 
pines in the overgrown farmland that surrounded us there, and in the 
two months that that owl stayed around, floating from one pine grove 
to another, it seemed the whole birding community of Indpls. got out 
there to view our visitor--including a whole inner city high-school 
natural history club."

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