Date: 3/20/17 4:29 am
From: Marcella Seiler <marcella.j.seiler...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Re: A differant perspective on private land for the Great Gray Owl
<Marcella.j.seiler...> - I would Love to see some pictures.. Thanks &
Very Well Said..

On Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 10:14:10 AM UTC-4, Duane Cross wrote:
> Last Tuesday I traveled down from Littleton to photograph the owl during
> the snowstorm. I didn't have any shots of him in snow and the Great Gray
> being a Northern Canada bird it seemed to me that some snowstorm shots
> would add something to the photo of this awesome owl.
> There were only 3 of us there that day and the owl hunted the fields
> between Corbin Rd and the airport the entire 4 hours that I was there. At
> one point while we were photographing him perched on one of the fences I
> happened to look behind me while cleaning away some snow from my camera. A
> man was walking with a purpose coming up from the parking area at the
> airport. It was obvious even from a distance that he was not coming to
> visit the owl. I thought to myself that this was going to be an interesting
> conversation.
> When the man arrived he politely introduced himself and informed us that
> we were on Mr. Ruger's land. He said Mr. Ruger said we were welcome to stay
> and photograph the owl. However Mr Ruger did expect a few pictures of the
> Great Grey as compensation for his kindness. Then the man handed us each a
> business card with some contact info. It was a pleasant conversation that
> last about 5 minutes before the gentleman went on his way.
> I'm sure some of the locals knew that this was Ruger's land and part of
> his 800 acre estate but to the other 95% of us who came from outside the
> Newport area it was a large tract of land next to the airport with no
> posted signs displayed. By all appearances it looked to be airport property
> or public land. I'm assuming the new location for the owl must be an area
> that is also not currently posted (perhaps this morning it is). Likely the
> owner wouldn't have an issue with 1 or 2 people in his field but 90 or 100
> would rightfully make most landowners nervous. What if someone twists an
> ankle and sues him? Just a few thoughts on the private land issue and the
> owl.
> When I was a much younger man I carried a Ruger rifle in the pursuit of
> Whitetails in the woods of my hometown of Littleton. I have many fond
> memories of my time spent in the woods of my youth. Mr. Ruger, Your 11 x 14
> signed Owl pictures will be in the mail soon. Thank you for leaving your
> land open for the use of others.
> Duane Cross
> Littleton NH
> PS I took a few nice pictures of the owl in the snow that day. Some
> including the capture of a vole in the snow. I don't do flicker, but if
> anyone would like to see any of them drop me an email reply and I will send
> you a few resized shots for viewing. I am offering this as there were zero
> birders there on Tuesday. I'm sure the storm had something to do with it.

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