Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Owling In Weld and Morgan Counties

February 10, 2014

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I decided to give the Riverside Reservoir (Weld County) Snowy Owl another opportunity to show itself to us (trip eight for me, I think, may have lost track?).

Again, we missed finding the elusive owl.  Perhaps the white owl is standing on the white patches of snow scattered across the prairie?

I talked to all three birders who reported the bird.  They all saw it on the ground and all reported it for only a few minutes.  It disappeared and was not relocated later on the same day.

We still think it spends the nights on the frozen Riverside Reservoir, which is private (no access).

With only a couple of hours of daylight remaining, we drove over to Jackson Reservoir (Morgan).

No Short-eared Owl appeared at sunset.  Later we heard/observed two Great Horned Owls, 4+ Long-eared Owls and an Eastern Screech-Owl.

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