Brown Hawk Owl - Kiska Island, Aleutian Islands, Alaska August 1, 2008

A natural volcanic gas (likely carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide) seep near the new lava dome at Sirius Point is killing birds, mostly auklets and passerines but also raptors and gulls that are attracted to incapacitated birds in the seep.

Inspection of the site on August 1 revealed the carcass of a Brown Hawk Owl (Ninox scutulata) (see below).

This appears to be the second record of this species for both Alaska and North America.

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