Date: 12/23/17 5:24 pm From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> Subject: [ia-bird] Yet another Snowy Owl
I needed Snowy Owl on my O'Brien County list so this afternoon I followed Waterman Creek for miles of good opportunities but no luck. Only Rough-legged Hawks. Luck did show up late afternoon at Waterman Prairie as a flash of white in the distance settled onto a pole on a ridge overlooking the Little Sioux River. No sooner than I had the scope on it a male Northern Harrier buzzed the female Snowy Owl and then worked off along the prairie ridge. Twenty minutes later I headed for home and left the owl still just sitting there.
As I worked back toward the highway twelve swans flew by headed towards the river. As I watched them I noticed that one bird was smaller than all the rest and so Tundra Swan was also added to my O'Brien County list. Earlier along Waterman Blvd a flock of 23 Eastern Bluebirds was carefully evaluated looking for the elusive Mountain Bluebird that occasionally shows up in winter in this valley. I tried but could not make that happen. I also played the tape for Townsend's Solitaire but only Purple Finches were interested. They do sound alike.