Saturday, December 24, 2011

Continued Search for Snowy Owls, Phillips County

December 21, 2011

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I headed to Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area (Logan County) about an hour before civil twilight. One or possibly two Eastern Screech-Owl(s) were heard along the eastern side.

At sunrise, we returned to Jumbo Reservoir. No Snowy Owls were found on Jumbo or Little Jumbo Reservoirs.

Later we returned to Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area and found Red-bellied Woodpeckers on both sides of the Highway 55 bridge (up to one section each east and west of the highway).

The highlight was a Stub tailed Wren between sections East 1 and 2. It was quite shy and made no sounds. In addition, it did not respond to either Winter Wren or Pacific Wren recordings. During our brief looks, we believed it to be a Winter Wren.

Having heard that the Logan County Snowy Owl was not relocated, we decided to drive roads in the northern half of Phillips County. No additional Snowy Owls were found.

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