The owl was at the same location this morning, at 12:45 pm.  Several of the other people present engaged in the same behavior described below, while the owl was settled on the ground about 40-50 yards from the road, but the owl tolerated their close approach and stayed put. I understand that some people are feeding the owl, and I saw one of the men who approached it toss it something.

Arjun Guneratne


On Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM, B.heineke <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Same thing seen on Monday, about 5 folks gathered in the field perhaps 15 feet from the bird.  As I arrived another fellow got out of his car and walked across the field to take pictures.  the owl got tired of this audience and flew across the field to a pole near me.  The people left the field and followed to the pole.

Fortunately the owl tolerates people quite well.  However these folks were trespassing, they were standing on the owls hunting ground and they were too close.  Later when these folks were gone and the field remained empty the owl returned to that spot and hunted the ground around the irrigation equipment.

Those folks looking for good pictures possibly missed some great ones by interfering with the owls hunting grounds, amidst the many rules of conduct they broke.

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> On Feb 6, 2014, at 2:52 PM, Bill Stjern <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> The snowy owl near Hogan and 180 street  in Dakota  county was still being seen on Tuesday, Februay 4.  It had been hunting from a perch on a piece of irrigation equiptment but was frightened off by several photographers who got out of there cars and starting walking through the snowy field to get closer to the owl.
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