Snowy Owls....on their way south

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Snowy Owls....on their way south

Post by chrish » December 3rd, 2013, 11:39 am

Ebird has an article about the high incidence of Snowy Owl sightings in the NW this winter so far.

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/gotsnowies2013/

Might be time to check that white plastic bag in the middle of the field a bit more carefully!

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Post by Andy Avram » December 3rd, 2013, 1:00 pm

Yeah, there are 11 of them within a 40 minute drive of me right now. I have seen one and keep missing the one from my county (in one of the parks in the park district I work at, no less). That would be a home county bird for me if I can get it before it leaves.

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Post by J-Miz » December 3rd, 2013, 2:39 pm

I got to see two this weekend at Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland, right before heading to work. I heard some talk about Northern Hawk-owls potentially moving south...but forgot the exact context of which that was mentioned.

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Post by sjfriend » December 3rd, 2013, 4:56 pm

Not fair!!! I live in AK for 8 years and can't get one.

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Post by Mike VanValen » December 3rd, 2013, 5:03 pm

I've seen at least one reported daily in Connecticut for the past week or so.

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Post by pete » December 5th, 2013, 4:08 pm

I've seen two so far, there are multiple birds in the Boston area and double digits around plum island. I heard rumor of one showing up in Bermuda!
There have been a couple of hawk owls seen in northern Maine , I hope one makes it within driving range for me. I've chased them three times and have been a day late each time.

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Post by tomharten » December 5th, 2013, 6:58 pm

I saw this one today in Calvert County, Maryland (not originally found by me). I think this may be the first county record, at least in recent memory. There were a few others sighted today in MD and VA.

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Post by chrish » December 6th, 2013, 6:06 am

Andy Avram wrote:Yeah, there are 11 of them within a 40 minute drive of me right now. I have seen one and keep missing the one from my county (in one of the parks in the park district I work at, no less). That would be a home county bird for me if I can get it before it leaves.
11 within 40 minutes? I had to drive 6 hours north to see my first Snowy Owl (in Oklahoma).

You guys are certainly lucky when it comes to northern visitors. Oh wait,....that's because it is freezing up where you are....never mind. :lol:

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Post by tomharten » December 6th, 2013, 11:24 am

I wouldn't be surprised if one slips into Texas this year given the magnitude of this year's irruption.

I heard that an Amazon Kingfisher was sighted near Weslaco a couple of days ago...so the birds are coming to you from the other direction!

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Post by pete » December 6th, 2013, 5:44 pm

Nice place to see one Tom! I saw my lifer snowy in Cambridge md. In 1978. Cool shots on the tractor!

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Post by chrish » December 7th, 2013, 10:32 pm

tomharten wrote:I heard that an Amazon Kingfisher was sighted near Weslaco a couple of days ago...so the birds are coming to you from the other direction!
Yeah, the Amazon Kingfisher showed up a couple of weeks back during a birding conference in the valley and has been hanging around ever since. If it is still around after next week when I have some time I might make a trip. I've seen a lot of Amazons, just not in the US, so I am a bit ambivalent.

Someone did find two species of scoter (WWSC and SUSC) here in San Antonio yesterday, so I might have to chase those in the morning.

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Post by Antonsrkn » December 12th, 2013, 9:44 pm

Whoa I'm really glad I took a look a the subforum, I have always wanted to see a snowy owl so I looked at the situation in WI this year. Turns out there have been 7 sightings at 4 different sites all within a 15 min drive of my house and all in the past week! I'm ridiculously busy this week and most of next but I can definitely spare an hour or 2 this weekend to check the sites out and see if I get lucky. I'm pretty excited about it! Wish me luck!

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Post by brick911 » December 13th, 2013, 11:56 am

NJ has had them all over, as well as PA. I've seen two so far. My Spring migration apparently sucked (I didn't know any better), but this is certainly making up for it.

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