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Mon., Jan. 16, 2012, 7:57 a.m.

A closer look at the rare northern hawk owl

Birdwatcher/photographer Ron Dexter, who lives in th foothills of Mount Spokane, snapped this sweet image of the northern hawk owl that's been catching a lot of attention in the Spokane area in January 2012. (Ron Dexter)
Birdwatcher/photographer Ron Dexter, who lives in th foothills of Mount Spokane, snapped this sweet image of the northern hawk owl that's been catching a lot of attention in the Spokane area in January 2012. (Ron Dexter)

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Birdwatcher/photographer Ron Dexter, who lives north of Spokane, snapped this sweet image of the northern hawk owl that's been catching a lot of attention in the Spokane area for the past two weeks.

The bird has been hunting mice and voles along Prewett Road in west Spokane County.

"This is only the 4th hawk owl seen in Spokane County since 1993," Dexter reports. "It hunts early in the morning, rests through the middle of the day and begins hunting again around 2 p.m."




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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