Date: 2/24/18 11:39 am From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> Subject: [texbirds] Odessa Snowy Owl - NO
Texbirds, After hearing of a 22 February sighting of the Odessa Snowy Owl, I decided to give it a look yesterday evening while traveling from Tahoka and Rankin. I arrived at about 6:45 PM and searched for close to 3 hours before giving up. However, I did see 2 other owl species during that time. First, there was a Short-eared Owl in the brushy lot between the Chris Kyle Memorial/ V.A. Outpatients Clinic and Cinergy Movie Theater. It was not roosting here but rather flew in from the west. It later moved to the short grass field south of Dr. Emmitt Headlee Rd. and west of San Antonio St. Shortly after the SEOW sighting, a Barn Owl flew past heading east along the SH 191 Frontage Rd. And I was really hoping for the owl hat trick, too! Better luck next time.
Good birding! Justin Bosler currently in Upton County, TX