At 5:50 tonight a Snowy Owl finally popped up from the ground to a small
bush in about the same spot that Ron and Joel found it last night. The bush
was just behind and to the right of the orange and white post they saw it
on last night. At about the same time another seemingly larger owl appeared
on the top of the largest deer blind. We are pretty sure that this owl was
also a Snowy Owl but we could only go on shape and size. It was getting too
dark to see color because of the light snow.
Two snowies in the same place (away from the north shore) seems rather
amazing but we know this location from the warmer months and it always has
Harriers hunting over it so the small mammel population seems to be going
strong here. The two birds were probably 100 yards away from each other and
seemed to be facing different directions and no interaction was observed
before one went to the ground after prey and didn't come up before we left.
Dennis and Barbara Martin
Subject: [mou-net] snowy owl, swift county
> At 5:45 p.m. on Friday evening, Ron Erpelding and I found a Snowy Owl in
> Swift County. The bird was teed-up on a post in a grassland on the west
> side of County Road 31, about 0.3 mile south of the intersection with MN
> highway 9. We had been in the area searching for the Short-eared Owl that
> Denny Martin had previously reported, (we didn't find it). The snowy owl
> was about 200 yards in from CO RD 31. On a personal note, what a great
> bird to see for my 200th bird in Swift County.
> Joel Schmidt
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