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.
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.