Horned owl treated to toasty talons at Basin Electric substation

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Horned owl at Teckla substation near Wright, Wyoming. Photo credit: Tyler Lindholm

Tyler Lindholm, lead substation electrician at Transmission System Maintenance – Gillette, caught these photos of a horned owl at our Teckla substation east of Wright, Wyoming.

“Due to the heavy load this transformer sees as it feeds the coal mines in the area, the transformer sees large amounts of heating,” Lindholm explains. “The outside temperature at the time of the picture was around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and the transformer oil temp was at 86 degrees Fahrenheit. I would bet it felt great on the owl’s feet!”

Lindholm says they don’t normally see owls or any type of large bird of prey on the transformers or in the switchyards.

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Horned owl at Teckla substation near Wright, Wyoming. Photo credit: Tyler Lindholm

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