Date: 4/26/18 2:04 pm
From: Susan Wise <burrowingowlsusan...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Re: ??? Possible Snowy Owl near Golden Ponds in Longmont
So I’ve received numerous emails...
I can only speak to what I myself saw (very briefly).
Yes, it could have been a light morph Great Horned Owl. The nesting
density on the west side of Longmont is ridiculously high.
Yes, it could have been a Barn Owl. After Great Horned, that’s the highest
probability in this location.
No, I didn’t hear any sound therefore I don’t have a recording.
The location where I saw it fly is directly East of Golden Ponds where the
St Vrain intersects with Airport Road. The is private property - a farm.
Joe - I understand the skepticism. When Maikel told me last year that he
just saw a Scarlet Tanager north of Boulder , I said, ‘Are you sure it
wasn’t a Vermillion Flycatcher?’ If looks could kill.






On Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 1:15 PM Joe Roller <jroller9...> wrote:

> eBird shows that there have been no records of Snowy Owl anywhere near
> Colorado since early April this year.
> Could happen, but I'm skeptical.
> Sharon, do you have any way of finding out whether the recently released
> owl was young or adult,
> male or female?
>
> Joe Roller, Denver
>
> On Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 12:55 PM, Sharon Kay <sharonkay.mt...>
> wrote:
>
>> A snowy owl was recently released from a raptor center. Perhaps the same.
>> No way to know.
>>
>>
>> On Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:32:32 AM UTC-6, Susan Wise wrote:
>>>
>>> Interesting.
>>> Maikel and I were out strolling Golden Ponds in Longmont (Boulder
>>> County) yesterday evening (4/26). A large white bird the size and shape of
>>> a Great Horned Owl flew over. It was very white. It's head was the blocky
>>> shape of an owl. I hollared to Maikel (the one with binoculars) but he was
>>> too far behind to get on it. So I just let it go with a shrug.
>>> Today, I was perusing the Bird Trax at the bottom of the CFO website.
>>> And what do I see? A report of a Snowy Owl.
>>>
>>> Location
>>> Longmont Estates, Boulder County, Colorado, US ( Map
>>> <http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.1716594,-105.1484728&ll=40.1716594,-105.1484728>
>>> )
>>> Date and Effort
>>> Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:20 PM 🌙 NocturnalProtocol:StationaryParty Size:3
>>> Duration:15 minute(s)Observers:Mindy Mullen
>>> Species
>>> 1 species total
>>> 1
>>> Snowy Owl
>>>
>>> Almost all White all over, very large, observed hooting loudly and
>>> sitting in top of a large cottonwood. I am pretty darn sure it was a snowy
>>> owl. We are near several large ponds.
>>>
>>>
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