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Strix occidentalis lucida
My friend Tommy DeBardeleben is a highly accomplished birder in Maricopa County and knows where to find everything! He knew a location where several Spotted Owls roost during the day. This grand bird was definitely a highlight of our trip. It sat there quietly while we took our pictures. The Mexican Spotted owl is a threatened subspecies and is, therefore, an important symbol of Arizona's forest ecosystem.