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It's a Brown Owl, Right?!

by Mike Wiley

I took one look at Myles Clarke’s September Pender Post cover photo and said “brown owl.”  Although I didn’t quite bow after my statement, I did feel pretty clever.  Apparently, my statement lacked a few details that a birder would have considered imperative.  Words like Barred owl, juvenile, and even tree would have been nice and, for me, quite technical.

Apparently, at 8 am when this photo was taken, neither our subject nor his/her sibling were exchanging quiet comments like, “Psst, over here.”  Although not being overly familiar with birder jargon, I would hazard a guess that “racket” would be a close description of the animated conversation between the owl siblings.

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