Sunday, December 11, 2011

Snowy Owl Search Moves to Phillips & Sedgwick Counties

December 3, 2011

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I spent most of the day searching for Snowy Owls and longspurs. Lapland Longspurs appear to be easy to find this winter along the eastern Colorado border.

We stopped several times to visit friends. Long-eared Owls were relocated at one private ranch (Sedgwick).

Late in the afternoon, we stopped at Sedgwick County Roads 46 and 89. The Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area ranger clued me into this spot years ago. Two Greater Prairie-Chickens were found wandering the fields.

It is a good location to check especially after a dusting of snow. Greater Prairie-Chickens sometimes wander the fields along with Ring-necked Pheasants.

At dusk, we watched the field below the hill (about 0.3 mile walk north of above intersection. For at least the third time in 2011, a Short-eared Owl was observed flying across the field (eastern end of southern section of Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area).

Winds were mild; the calm, silent evening was superb; the sunset was fantastic!

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