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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Uncommonly Beautiful, Even in Death


The barn owl, most widely distributed owl I North America, is not a rare bird, but how often does one have a chance to inspect it up close? "Stop! Stop! Back up!" There it was, on the side of the road. Why? What had ended this owl's life? It was lying at the base of a utility pole, and I wondered if it might have been somehow electrocuted. Whatever killed it, I was sorry the owl was dead but glad I had spotted it along the road and had a chance to inspect and appreciate its beauty.

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