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Owl be seeing you

April 17, 2008

Three young Great Horned Owls nest Wednesday in a tree along Paradise Church Road in Hagerstown. Their name is derived from tufts of feathers that appear to be "horns," which are sometimes referred to as "ear tufts" but have nothing to do with hearing. They hunt by perching on snags and poles and watching for prey, or by gliding slowly above the ground. From high perches, they dive to the ground with wings folded before snatching prey. Prey are usually killed instantly when grasped by its large talons.

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