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ASK OTUS Otus Rufous, an Eastern Screech-Owl, was born on Siesta Key and is a full-time resident there. An avid hunter, accomplished vocalist and genuine night owl, Otus is a keen observer of our local wildlife and knows many of nature's secrets. Otus will answer your questions about our amazing wildlife, but only if you Ask Otus. So please send your questions and photos to Thank you. CHARLIE CONTINUES A GOOD RECOVERY; IDENTIFYING HAWKS CAN BE A FASCINATING BUT TIME-CONSUMING PROCESS Dear Readers, Many of you have requested an update on Charlie, the Great Blue Heron, rescued by Wildlife Center of Venice and released back onto south Siesta Key April 21. The next morning, she was seen fishing with her mate on Turtle Beach. She then flew straight across the island to a bayside pier, where she is known as "Fred," and resumed a favorite pastime of hers — chasing Ralphie, an immature Brown Pelican, off "her" dock. If you look closely at a fleeing Ralphie, you will notice a nice little dent in the back of his head made by her beak thrust. But, please, do not worry about Ralphie! Quite unlike his parents, and sibling, he is an obstinate hardy bully, and if he wants to grow up and breed lots of obstinate bully pelicans just like him, he must first learn Charlie (in front) and Charley (behind her) in a pond. Photo by Tatiana Staats

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