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Mexican Spotted Owl

Strix occidentalis lucida


Went for a hike in Miller Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains. Stopped for a lunch break, and heard a jay calling incessantly. Found the jay mobbing this owl just off the trail. Note to all wildlife watchers out there, angry songbirds can lead you to encounters like this!

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GeoffreyPalmer 6 years ago

Thank you for your comments everyone! JoshuaGSmith, I agree, they are one of my favorites too. Miller Canyon is sort of a classic place to see them, but I've also had pretty good luck seeing them by hiking on the Echo Trail to Echo Park in the Chiricahua National Monument at night. Good luck!

JoshuaGSmith 6 years ago

One of my favorite birds! I live near where it is found, so maybes I will see one someday.

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 9 years ago

wow awesome

leah 9 years ago

Timing is everything, as well as paying attention... awesome owl

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Very neat spotitng!! What a beautiful owl! Great shots!

Brian Parsons
Brian Parsons 9 years ago

Wow, what an amazing find- well seen and captured

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

What an endearing pose! And your right, GeoffreyPalmer, when you hear angry birds, look up!

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Sierra Vista, Arizona, USA

Spotted on May 8, 2011
Submitted on Jul 14, 2012


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