Northern Hawk Owl with a death wish?

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Northern Hawk Owl with a death wish?
11 months ago

I was saddened and alarmed to see this Northern Hawk Owl hunting the median of a 4 lane highway. In the brief time I watched it, there were a couple of near misses with trucks. Wow, close calls. Even more alarming is the owl swooping low across the road to get onto a perch in the median of the highway.

Unfortunately, the owl's days may be numbered playing this Russian Roulette with fast moving traffic. While I have seen other Hawk Owls survive a winter flying over multi-lane highways (both occurrences in Quebec) this one is exceptional in that it hunts the median.

Hope I am not the only one to think about rescuing this bird for its own good. Methods have been used to capture snowy owls at JFK airport this winter (before that, they were just shooting them) with great success. The same method would be easy to use on the Hawk Owl. Just need to pick a quiet morning on the weekend with little traffic, if it survives until then that is.

Taken from my car with a Canon 40D and 400 5.6L lens.

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