From our friends at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center in Fort Davis:
expected to be active at night, this great horned owl (Bubo
virginianus) was out during daylight hours hiding in plain sight. One of
CDRI’s wildlife cameras—provided by a grant from the El Paso Zoo—caught
the bird foraging in the camouflaging leaf litter. Its mottled plumage
allows this species to blend into a wide variety of habitat types.
It is the most common and widely dispersed owl in North America, as
well as one of the largest. CDRI has a resident pair nesting in the
cliffs bordering our rhyolite quarry. The great horned owl is one of a
multitude of species that can be observed at the nature center.