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Another video… note how the upper juvie decides to gnaw on a stick. These, too, are Mexican spotted owl(ets)…

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I thought i’d share this video i took today of two Mexican spotted owls (Strix occidentalis lucida)… they are, well, doing the owl equivalent of kissing, i suppose. Scientific folk call it allopreening. The male is on the right and the female to the left. As of today, they have two young owls out of the nest (fledglings). While watching (and recording), i could hear the male give some quiet, chittering calls, the female a few rising whistles (contact calls), and an occasionally raspy begging call from the nearby juvies. I’ve got quite a bit of owl photos, video, and information that i will try to get posted soon.

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A few weeks ago I received notice that a poem of my crafting had found its way into the inked pages of a literary magazine called the Whitefish Review. To my pleasant surprise, I also discovered that some fine authors, including Rick Bass and Doug Peacock, are in the same issue. I guess sometimes the wind does blow at your back.

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