Date: 5/23/19 5:16 pm
From: coloradodipper via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] San Juan County owl
Hi all:
To my eyes, Roger Linfield's Silverton owl is a Flamm.  The small ear tufts, the brown racing stripe on the scapulars, and the brown tones to the face all point in that direction.  However, I have to say that I was convinced that it was a Flamm before I saw the photo, as there are no records of Western Screech-Owl from the county and the species is quite rare that high in elevation.  Flamm probably breeds in the county in small numbers, but the main argument is that the species is a neotropical migrant and is much more likely to show up out of place at Silverton than is the relatively sedentary Western Screech-Owl.  At least, that's my take on the topic.
Good job, Roger.
Enjoy,
Tony
Tony LeukeringWiley, CO

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