About a month ago this newspaper had a front-page article by Mike Koshmrl about flammulated owls and the owls’ surprisingly large population in Jackson Hole. A team of investigators from the Teton Raptor Center, headed by Bryan Bedrosian, using a new electronic instrument, located 18 singing flammulated owls so far.

For several reasons I was struck by this new knowledge, and I was reminded of an incident 20 years ago. Jackson Hole resident Cyndie Williams found a tiny dead owl in her backyard in Jackson. It was a flammulated owl and it was thought to be possibly only the third regional record in a quarter of a century.

Bert Raynes writes weekly on whatever suits his fancy with a dash of news on nature and its many ways. Contact him via columnists@jhnewsandguide.com.

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