Maybe not new news but the Nebraska folks are up to 83 Snowies so far.
From: Jorgensen, Joel
Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2011 10:56 AM
Subject: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl Summary - Update
With the media coverage, additional reports of Snowy Owls have come in. The statewide total for Nebraska as of end of business yesterday was EIGHTY-THREE (83). Reports that come in are vetted and I am doing my best not to duplicate birds. Nebraska does have a higher total than Iowa (76) at this time. Not that it is a competition, but Iowa reports are lacking from the northeast part of the state just as reports are lacking for Nebraska in the west. It appears the invasion is centered roughly on the Missouri River valley.
Some information about the most recent reports in case anyone wants to go chasing in the wind (and possibly confirming some of these reports).
* Gage (?) County: E. Pickrell Rd. and had just crossed 608 Ave., between Pickrell and Tecumseh on 27 December. Observer was taking a walk and reported it on the ground and thought it was merely a plastic bag until she got closer and then realized it was a creature. I am unable to find where 608 Ave is?
* Hall County: 5 miles east of Shelton, NE along Burmood Rd, 29 December. Minimal description, requested additional details.
* Hitchcock County: County road southeast of Trenton. Photographed.
* Holt County: 1 miles south of the Niobrara River, found dead. Carcass photographed.
* Dodge County: Platte River sandbar 1 mile west of North Bend. Folks out on ATVs. Decent description of bird and behavior.
* Nuckolls County: An injured bird was picked up, but subsequently died.
Ross Silcock reported seeing the bird near Overton yesterday, but it if remember correctly the bird was a half mile south of Highway 30.
Finally, the bird reported previously from Valparaiso was actually found INSIDE a grain bin full of corn (I received some pictures to back this up). Perhaps it dropped down in it chasing a mouse? Anyways, the farmer left the top open and the Snowy Owl did get out, which I thought was a little surprising given the size of the openings at the top of a grain bin.
Happy New Year!
Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd St. | Lincoln, NE 68503
mailto:joel.jorgensen%40nebraska.gov<mailto:mailto:joel.jorgensen%40nebraska.gov> | 402.471.5440
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