Monday, September 23, 2013

Raptor of the Week: Northern Hawk Owl

Northern Hawk Owl
Surnia ulula

This is an accidental visitor to Iowa, with only two accepted records, one from Black Hawk County in 1981 and 1982 and one from Worth County in 2004 and 2005. As its name implies, its general shape and perching attitude are somewhat hawklike.

The Raptors of Iowa, paintings by James F. Landenberger

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