20 February 2009

Snowy Owl, etc. - 20 Feb. 09

Early this morning, Torre Hovick and I made a run up to Dickinson County for Snowy Owl.  It wasn't long before we ran into Ed Thelen who has graciously updated us all on the status of these birds.  He hadn't seen anything either at the time so we split up, both looking for the owls.  A few minutes later, Ed called Torre with the good news that they had spotted one of the owls.  Thanks Ed!  

Below is a picture of the VERY distant SNOWY OWL:

Torre and I then checked out the Ruthven cemetery.  It wasn't long before we flushed a GREAT HORNED OWL, pictured below:

After checking out the owl for a second or two, we found a flock of about 44 COMMON REDPOLLS.  Squeaking for a few seconds would send the flock reeling around you!  See 2 photos below:

On our way back south, we found this MERLIN near Fort Dodge: