Date: 1/5/18 5:11 pm From: Henry Armknecht <whatabirder...> Subject: Re: Short-eared Owls north of Hays / 4 January
I went to this location this evening. Between the field Scott mentioned and the one SW across the road I had a total of at least 8 Short-eared Owls. The first one showed up at about 5:10. I stayed until about 5:50. At that time, only one owl was still visible. I don't know if they were on the ground feeding after a successful hunt, or had moved elsewhere.
I also saw three Black-billed Magpies at the same location just north of the Ellis County landfill in the same location where I saw 12 of them on Tuesday.
Thank you, Scott, for the heads-up on the owls.
Prior to this, I have seen exactly one Short-eared Owl in Ellis County.
From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [mailto:<KSBIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Scott Seltman
Sent: Friday, January 5, 2018 12:24 AM
Subject: Short-eared Owls north of Hays / 4 January
On the way home from the Webster CBC, I found more than 10 Short-eared Owls hunting in a wheat-stubble field along US 183 north of Hays in Ellis County.
The field is just to the NW of the intersection of US 183 and Hopewell Road about 5 miles north of I-70.
The owls were putting on quite a show about 5:30 PM. I was hoping a Snowy Owl would show up, but after a half hour of watching the SEOWs attacking each other I gave up and continued homeward.
This is by far my best SEOW record of the winter, although I've seen a few others recently in Pawnee, Rush, Barton, Stafford and Osborne counties.