Date: 12/25/17 11:44 am
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Snowy Owl Hunting Habits
Hi all,

I just wanted to clarify that while these birds are highly diurnal on their
breeding grounds (the far north, where the days are long), many if not all
recent studies of wintering birds in the lower 48 show these birds are most
active and hunting at night (some over open water, hunting gulls and
ducks).

This should NOT encourage us to go looking for them at night. Instead it
highlights the importance of keeping a healthy distance from them (and
keeping noise and talking to a minimum) so they can get some rest.

The current location of the Standley Lake bird is fortunately about
200-250yds from a roadside fence, so it's tolerating all the activity
(mostly from noisey dog walkers across the street) reasonably well.

Good birding,
Paul Hurtado

On Dec 25, 2017 11:53 AM, "Michael T" <raptordefender...> wrote:

Hey Gang,

Please remember that these birds are highly diurnal,so they hunt mostly
during the day from dawn to dusk. Searching for them at night might cause
them to flush from resting and make them more susceptible to harassment
from the local Great Horned owls which are pretty cranky right now since
they are enforcing their territorial rights in preparation for the upcoming
nesting season.

Just my two cents

Michael Tincher
Fort Collins

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