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Great picture, Randy. Thanks for posting it.

Cheers,

Rad

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From: "Randy Korotev" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 1:51 PM
Subject: vacation photo


> While visiting my wife's mother in northern Wisconsin last week, we had a
> once-in-a-lifetime bird sighting.  My mother-in-law lives in the country
> and has two belts of conifers on either side of the house as wind
> breaks.  I enjoy visiting her because I've seen lot of birds in and around
> her house.  There were 2 Sandhill Cranes in the field the night we
arrived,
> and the next morning I found a Golden-winged Warbler not far from the
house.
>
> The first night we were there my wife, Betty, asked if I could hear the
> "eeeee" call from the pine trees.  "Sounds like a Killdeer up in the tree"
> she said, which we both knew was improbable.  I can't hear so well, but
> when I got close, I could hear it, too.  It didn't sound like any bird
call
> I knew, but it crossed my mind that it might be a young raptor as we'd
seen
> Sharp-shins taking out Purple Finches at the bird feeder on trips past.
>
> The next night Betty was working late in the garden near the trees.  She
> said, "Whatever they are, there are 3 of them."  I strolled through the
> trees the next morning and couldn't find a thing.  The third night Betty
> heard them again.  It was quite dark when she walked toward the trees.
She
> saw a flutter and heard a rattle on a low branch.  It was a Long-eared Owl
> fledgling clacking its bill at her.  It even had the gall to do the
> raised-wing, Batman-like display that Long-ears are known to do.  She came
> and got me, and I was able to get this photo:
>
> http://artsci.wustl.edu/~rlkorote/rlk04408.jpg
>
> The next morning I did locate the abandoned nest, with a number of pellets
> under it, but I couldn't find any owls, fledglings or adults.
>
> Randy Korotev
> Saint Louis, MO
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