Taos birdwatchers eagerly await John Lay’s email missives. “Both owls on burrow,” he wrote in early April. Like expectant parents, we’re wondering if there will be owlets.
Lay, a Taos photographer and birdwatcher, has photographed the iconic western burrowing owls near his home for the past two years. “These days,” he said, “we can watch nest cams and get some idea of bird family behavior, but it doesn’t quite feel the same as watching two birds raise a whole family from about 50 feet away. That’s enchanting.”
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On a summer evening years ago, I dined with a group of friends at a rural Midwest restaurant where the parking lot was a patch of rough ground without marked bays. We came out to find a Cadillac parked close in beside our car. Edging into the gap between the vehicles (the other side was also tight), we did our best to get the doors far enough open to slide in without dinging the Cadillac. Our close approach triggered the Cadillac’s motion-sensitive theft alarm. A loud synthesized voice told us: “You are standing too close to the car! Step! Away! From the car!”
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