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Horses at blue water Lake state park

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Car crash?

While driving to town a few days ago, I saw something on the road verge.


Owl on verge of roadway
I immediately thought it was an owl, so turned around.  I used to raise owls in a habitat I built on my land in Texas.  I have fond feelings for wildlife of all kinds, and owls in particular.  I felt so badly for this poor bird.
I tried to identify this species of owl, and one help would be eye color.  The eyes however were missing( due to insect depredation).

However, I could see the black circle around the face, the orange color above and below the eye sockets, and the whiteish between the eyes, and surrounding the bill or beak. The area just above and below the inner eye is marked with a dark line.

The so called "ears" are lying flat on the top of the head, but the colors on the ears are correct for the long eared owl.  

I next looked on the internet to check out owl identification sites.  I decided to enclose a picture of the Long eared owl from one website to show the similarities.

http://www.owlpages.com/image.php?image=species-Asio-otus-9


Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) - Picture 9 in Asio: otus -  Photo by Janice Laurencelle.
Long eared owl from internet photo
So, in conclusion, I believe that my roadside owl is a Long Eared Owl.

8 comments:

  1. Such a shame. Maybe it was a young one. Hope it died instantly.

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    1. We have such soft hearts, don't we?

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  2. Oh the poor baby. I feel so bad for any animal that gets hit. I always pull over and move turtles off the road and put them in the direction they are going to avoid them getting hit. I wish more people would drive slower and avoid hitting animals. My brother set a broken wing on a small screech owl when he was small and called him Meatball. He released him when he could fly again. Brought that memory back to me.

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  3. That is rather sad. We had an owl here a few winters ago that started roosting under our house awnings and I tried for several days to identify it, but I was never sure.

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  4. I was thinking that the owl must have been recently hit, because usually the buzzards and other scavengers are there taking care of the dead animals. I'm surprised the owl was in such good shape, except for the eyes. Poor thing.

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    1. I agree with you. I felt very bad that he died, but was glad that I got to enjoy his beauty.

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  5. Seems like so much wildlife is killed on the roads. I just hate it. The cars fly through the park here and it makes me so mad. We have many deer with baby fawns and I fear for them. Too bad about the little owl he sure was a cutie. I am catching up or trying to reading blogs. Wow being gone for so long it is hard to do.

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