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Mexican Spotted Owl

Strix occidentalis lucida


Mixed woodland


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.

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Jellis 6 years ago

Great spotting. I envy those who can find owls. I keep trying for a Pygmy Owl but it's always gone by the time I get there.

JoshuaGSmith 6 years ago

Thanks Des! We should talk sometime soon. It's been too long! Maybe I can give you a call tomorrow.

Desmond.E.S.O 6 years ago

O My Goodness! What a bird, Josh!

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Arizona, USA

Spotted on Apr 29, 2016
Submitted on May 24, 2016

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