Friday, December 02, 2011

Snowy Owl - Brattleboro

Hector Galbraith posted his sighting of a Snowy Owl in the Retreat Meadows' cornfield behind the marina this morning. It provided a marvelous show for the local birders who showed up within an hour of the posting.


Initially it was seen roosting in the middle of the field about 50 yards from the parking area at the trail head. It flew to the far end of the field, then to the slope at the east side of the cornfield.


Parking near CAP, I began to cross the service road behind the stores when I saw the owl perched about 50 feet in front of me. I alerted others by cell.


When a delivery truck came along the service road, the owl flew and then perched in a tree in the wetlands and stayed there while others joined me for the viewing.



No idea how long it will be around, but if it stays for at least two weeks, we will have a first record for our Christmas count.


Good Birding!!

7 comments:

MikeyBoy50 said...

Great shots Chris
I love the last one

Kelly said...

...beautiful, Chris! I would love to see this bird. So glad you were able to see him, and I hope he stays for your Christmas count! :-)

Laurence and Maria Butler said...

Sooooooo envious (also happy for ya). Great shots too. The contrast between that early winter brown and the owl's pristine is pretty incredible. I'm looking forward to some shots if it's still around after the December snow-fall.

Kathiesbirds said...

Very Nice! I found you via Kelley's blog. I also saw a snowy today down at Salisbury Beach State Reservation In Massachusetts but I was not able to get anywhere near as close as you did! I've linked my post about the owls to this one. It will post tomorrow. Once again, great shots!

eileeninmd said...

it is a beautiful owl, great shots and sighting! Congrats!

Hilke Breder said...

Beautiful images, Chris!

Drew said...

Great shots. I just saw one in Ohio and am looking all around central Pennsylvania for one now.

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