Date: 4/26/18 6:48 pm From: Susan Wise <burrowingowlsusan...> Subject: Re: [cobirds] Re: ??? Possible Snowy Owl near Golden Ponds in Longmont
One of the responses I received was from Bill Kaempher:
‘There is a very pale GHOW sub-species from the arctic that does appear
here on occasion (I’ve seen one once, and there was one reported this year
in Nebraska). In the report below, the words “hooting loudly and sitting
in top of a large cottonwood” Make it almost certain that this observation
was of a Great Horned Owl. Snowy Owls would never sit at the top of a
large cottonwood, and I don’t believe they vocalize the way described.’
I don’t have much experience with Snowy Owls (besides Hedwig) so I didn’t
even think about the description of the Owl vocalizing. And now I’m
wondering... did Hedwig vocalize??? Whatever species it is, it is
stunning. As we live in this area, we will keep an eye and ear out.
Hopefully it will reappear.
On Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 3:04 PM Susan Wise <burrowingowlsusan...>
> 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...>
>>> 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:
>>>> 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.
>>>> 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
>>>> 1 species total
>>>> 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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