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The Great Gray Owl is a very large owl, in appearance it is the largest Owl in North America. It has a round head without ear tufts, black and white "bowtie" under face and yellow eyes. Although in appearance it is larger then a Snowy Owl or a Great Horned Owl, it weighs quite a bit less then both these owls. This owl actually has a very small frame, and is covered with a massive amount of feathers.
This bird should be somewhere in the Boreal forests of northern Canada. He is however spending some time in a very populated town near Madison, Wisconsin.
This bird, has been attracting a lot of attention, as few people ever get to see an owl in the wild. People are coming from great distances to see, and watch this huge owl. Many people who would otherwise not even think twice about wildlife around them, seem to be quite taken by this bird. Many young children are getting to see this bird, and I have been told that several day care facilities near where this bird is being seen, have actually taken their young charges to see this bird. This bird has been seen since March 21st when a worker at a local establishment saw it sitting on a post and clicked a photograph of it and posted it to the business facebook page. He had no idea how rare this bird is for the location it is in. Since that time, hundreds if not thousands of people have flocked to see this owl. For many it very well could be the only owl they ever see in the wild in their life time. This bird is so unafraid of people that it spends most of its time in and around a bar, and apartment complex, it spent a day on a light fixture near the main entrance of a local restaurant, and even landed on the pole of a basketball hoop while 4 boys were having a basketball game.
Spotted on Mar 23, 2013
Submitted on Mar 27, 2013
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