Bird lovers in Morgan County have been watching a little history lately.
The great gray owl has been spotted in the town of Mountain Green, marking the bird's first confirmed Utah appearance since 1989. Russell Norvell, the avian conservation coordinator for Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said there was a reported sighting in 1999, but not enough documentation to confirm it.
Bird watchers first saw a pair of great gray owls Feb. 9 in Morgan County, according to a post on the website Neo Vista Birding. Salt Lake Tribune photographer Rick Egan photographed the bird in a tree in the Morgan County town of Mountain Green on Saturday.