Friday, January 17, 2020

Search for Snowy Owl in Morgan County

January 16, 2020

Richard Stevens:

It was a cold day with a high of only 36 degrees.  Winds were 5-6 mph with gusts to 18 mph late in the afternoon.

I received a report of a Snowy Owl north and east of Riverside Reservoir (Morgan County); Terry Michaels and I headed up that way.  We spent over four hours searching unsuccessfully for the Owl.  Riverside Reservoir is private; perhaps it is staying on that property?

We ran into several flocks of Horned Larks that were accompanied by Lapland Longspurs.  One Northern Shrike was found along Morgan CR 89.

On the trip home we swung by Jackson Reservoir (Morgan).  The Lake was mostly ice covered.  Only a few gulls hung around.

One Long-eared Owl was found in the western Campgrounds.  The resident Eastern Screech-Owl did not call this evening.

A White-throated Sparrow was between Pelican Campgrounds and the Lake.  Not much else was moving about.

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