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Two identify owlet found by Brandon Hitch

Two people have identified the owl photographed by Brandon Hitch.Eric Hare wrote that he's no ornithologist, but said the bird is a young Great Horned Owl.

Derek Coomer wrote, "Brandon Hitch's bird is a fledgling Great Horned Owl. This owl is just now learning how to fly, so it's very approachable. Though if its parents are nearby they may attack anyone who gets too close."Thanks to all who contributed to this Birds of Kentucky entry



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Birds of Kentucky: Owl being observed by Angus cow



2011-03-01 - Cane Valley Mill RD, Adair Co. District 6, KY - Photo by Brandon Hitch.
Brandon Hitch took this great photo of an Angus seeming to be protecting an owl on the ground. "I don't know what kind of owl this is, but it had the biggest, yellowest eyes I've ever seen." If anyone can help Brandon on the ID, he'd appreciate it as would we.

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Birds of Kentucky: Fledgling Great Horned Owl at Cane Valley Mill RD.



2011-03-01 - Cane Valley Mill RD, Adair Co. District 6, KY - Photo by Brandon Hitch.
Here's an up close and personal look at the owl Brandon Hitch photographed on his farm on Cane Valley Mill RD. He was impressed by the huge yellow eyes on the bird and the fact that he was able to get so close before it flew away. The owlet seems to have captivated an Angus cow nearby. The bird was identified by both Derek Coomer and Eric Hare. Thanks

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