On June 2, 2012 I was doing a bird survey on a private ranch north of Cheyenne, Wyoming. In the first minute of the survey I saw this bird on the fence on the horizon about 500-600m away from me. I swore it was a Snowy Owl, and wrote down the four letter code SNOW on my datasheet… (One had been seen in Northern Wyoming only a few days before!)
Throughout the 6 minute survey I kept checking out the owl through my binoculars and it never stopped staring at me. At the end of the survey I walked over to it and as I got closer, I realized it was something stuck to the fence. Walking even closer, it still looked like an owl until I got withing about 50m, where it became obvious that it was a cow skull that was perfectly positioned. The “face” is the backside of the skull.