CASPER, Wyo. — The first time Diane Morse met Lois Layton, a game warden had brought a wounded golden eagle to Layton’s home in Casper.
Owls are amazing predators. The mostly flat-faced birds typically hunt at night. Female owls tend to be larger than males. The great gray owl, one of 12 species of owls found in the West, is the biggest. It can range from 24 to 33 inches in height – that’s a pretty big bird.
Andrew McKean’s “Out There” column in The Billings Gazette last Sunday begged me to answer his question. Was the little owl he saw on the creek bed a northern saw-whet Owl or a northern pygmy owl? Both species measure 7 inches, which make them the two smallest owls in our state.
LANDER, Wyo. — The image is not easily forgotten. A wide-eyed little owl stuck at the bottom of an outhouse.
A golden eagle perches watchfully in Yellowstone National Park.
CODY, Wyo. — Researchers will turn their eyes to the treetops in Yellowstone National Park this spring, looking to establish a baseline count for the park’s raptor population and follow any changes for years to come.
The owl swooped out of the roadside ditch like a windblown paper grocery sack, then lighted on the top of a fencepost and watched me with its blazing yellow eyes.
The barrage of rifle shots was frightening enough, but as the sun set on the opening day of deer season last week, the cottonwoods boomed with an even eerier sound.
Jeff the Nature Guy shows us that looks can be deceiving when it comes to owls.