More Hawk Owls

Wow, it’s been a good year for the Northern Hawk Owl in northern Minnesota! Last Friday I had to drive in to town for an appointment. Now, when I say town, I usually mean the Range cities, which are Virginia, Hibbing, or Grand Rapids. Virginia is the one that I go to the most and it may be slightly closer at 75 miles one way.

Lake Country Power is working along US Highway 53 replacing power poles. The new power poles are almost twice as tall as the old ones. They’ve been clearing trees and brush in the process and the crews have been working there since the first of the year.

new power poles

new power poles

As I was driving along I saw a rather large bird fly up and land on the top of the power pole that these guys were working on. It was a Hawk Owl! So I quickly pulled over and got out the camera. I couldn’t get the whole image in one frame so I’ve tacked together two pictures just to give an idea what was going on at the site.

Hawk Owl atop power pole while men are working

Hawk Owl atop power pole while men are working

I couln’t believe it! There the Owl sits atop the pole while the men are running heavy equipment while completing the job of placing the pole. The Owl was certainly anxious to view the surrounding woods while being perched on the tallest object in the vicinity.
Northern Hawk Owl

Northern Hawk Owl

When I came home at about 4:30 pm, the Hawk Owl was still in the same place, although he had switched power poles.
 
I think this may be the same bird that has been hanging around this area since I took some photos on JAN 8th.
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1 Response to More Hawk Owls

  1. Eileen says:

    Wow, I just read the post about the owl and saw your photo. How cool!

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