Spotted Owl, Strix occidentalis
This was one of two adult birds that roosted during the day right along
the creekbed of Miller Canyon in southeastern Arizona, about a half-mile
above Beatty's orchard, during early August 2008. The sleeping bird's
right eye and bill are just visible in the picture. Difficult viewing conditions
and dappled light made for a less-than-idea photo, but getting any picture
of this species was a thrill; thanks to Tom Beatty, Sr., who allowed
us access and gave good directions on how to find the bird.