Had a bunch of finches until the Northern Shrike arrived. Once a shrike
sees the finches, it come in and the finches leave.
I don't expect any significant numbers of rosy-finches until the shrikes
leave in March.
Just the way it goes.
On 1/21/2018 5:39 PM, Peter Burke wrote:
> Hi Scott,
> I’ve had a few experiences with Snowies during east coast irruptions
> and noticed that they often chose large bodies of water or coastal
> areas as daytime hangouts. My working theory was that they prefer the
> unobstructed view, perhaps
> because it makes them feel safe when they snooze during the daytime.
> Did you get a big Rosy-Finch flock with this weather?
> /From Peter's iPhone/
> On Jan 21, 2018, at 8:04 AM, Scott <pygmyowl...>
> <mailto:<pygmyowl...>> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I have been thinking about the Snowy Owls that have been seen in
>> Colorado, and am thinking that most, if not all of them have been
>> seen near open water. The one at Stanley Lake, the one that Nick
>> Komar saw near Carter Lake etc.
>> At least the one at Stanley Lake did not appear to be feeding on the
>> waterfowl, but rather small mammals that it was catching in the
>> meadows around the lake. (I did hear that the owl did catch a pigeon,
>> but that was not confirmed).
>> Now the owls that are at Boulder, also at a lake.
>> If the owls were at these bodies of water feeding upon waterfowl,
>> there would be piles of feathers found, but that does not appear to
>> be the case.
>> Therefore, my guess is that the Snowy Owls are near the water simply
>> to bathe. By bathing they can keep their plumage clean, which will
>> subsequently keep the birds in good feather condition.
>> If there had been a significant amount of snow on the ground, the
>> owls would be able to "wash" themselves by using snow; but due to the
>> lack of snow, the owls need to use water to clean themselves.
>> It will be interesting to see if the owls move away from these bodies
>> of water as the snow falls.
>> Just a thought,
>> Scott Rashid
>> Estes Park
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