Look what Google Maps found for me! It took me through the kind of backroads that usually I wouldn't take on my way back to the airport, and this cute juvenile Short-eared Owl was standing right at the edge of the road:
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Here in New Jersey, Short-eared Owls are seen only in Winter animist of them are adult birds. Therefore, I was very excited with this to see this young owl.
Big thanks to my wife for not freaking out about the condition of the road we were driving on, especially after the storm that passed 10 minutes later. Only the roof showed the original color :) It was also my first time, I had to wash a rental car before returning it :)
If interested, you can see my other owl photographs, here: www.greggard.com/owls