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Josh Wallestad <[log in to unmask]>
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Josh Wallestad <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 25 Jan 2014 21:32:13 -0700
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After a lull the Snowy Owl activity has started to pick up again in our area.

This afternoon Randy Frederickson and I went to try to refind the Atwater 
Snowy Owl in the location I reported on Jan. 22 and where it was refound by 
Bob Ekblad on Jan. 23.  Not finding it there or on any surrounding roads, we 
ventured a little further to the east.  Before making a left turn onto our next 
road, Randy happened to look right and said, "There it is."  We nearly missed it 
in plain sight on a pole.  The location was Kandiyohi Co. Rd. 28 and the Kandi-
Meeker Road (210th St. NE) This is one mile east of Kandiyohi Co. Rd. 2 and 
about three miles north of Atwater.  Note: Google maps and eBird maps do not 
show this short section of Co. Rd. 28 which turns into Meeker Co. Rd. 16 east 
of the county line, but official county maps DO have it on them.  Our sighting 
was at 4:15 PM.

We got home and we both received an email from Lorel Nadolny about another 
Snowy sighting in that general area around the same time.  Lorel's sighting was 
1.5 miles west of Kandiyohi Co. Rd. 2 on Co. Rd. 10 (The same location we had 
been seeing a Snowy a couple weeks ago).  This sighting was at 4:00 and over 
three miles away from the owl Randy and I saw.  So it is very possible we have 
two Snowy Owls in this area.

Checking my work email this evening, I was surprised to find pictures of a 
gorgeous, nearly all-white Snowy Owl seen and photographed by a coworker in 
Stearns County today.  She was traveling from St. Cloud to Grove City via MN 
15 to US 12.  I do not have an exact location, but she said she saw it on Hwy 
15 between Luxemburg and Kimball, just outside of Luxemburg.  I couldn't find 
Luxemburg on a map and haven't heard back from her on a more exact location.  
Perhaps people familiar with the area will understand this reference.  This 
sighting was on a power pole at 2:00 PM today.

Josh Wallestad

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