|Common Name||Snowy Owl|
|Scientific Name||Bubo scandiacus|
|Type of Report||Out-of-Season|
|Date of Observation||05/17/2017|
|Reporting Observer's Name||Ronald Payne|
|Mailing Address||496 Weybridge St.|
Middlebury, Vermont 05753
|Latitude of Observation||43.869382|
|Longitude of Observation||-73.238552|
|Place Name||Richville Rd.|
|Vermont eBird Checklist URL||ebird.org|
|Time of Day||11:20 AM|
|Length of Time Observed||15 Minutes|
|Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||30 ft. (driving under power pole in car).|
|Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||500 ft.|
|Noteworthy Weather Conditions|
|Optical Equipment Used for Observation|
Pentax 8x42 DCF binoculars.
|Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species|
This is my 27th time observing a Snowy Owl.
|I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event.|
|Description of Habitat|
Broad hay and corn fields flanking both sides of the road with nearby wet swales with cattails. Bobolinks and Savannah Sparrows were heard singing from the fields, Yellow Warbler and Common Yellowthroats singing from the wet spots.
Perching. It frequently looked at this observer but did not seem stressed and never flushed.
|Description of Vocalizations|
|Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation|
Driving west down Richville Rd. the bird was immediately obvious perched on top of a power pole. I pulled into Webster Rd. and viewed the bird from there. Then drove back east to farm field access closer to the bird to take pictures.
|Relative Size & Shape|
Judging from the power equipment it was perched on, bigger than a Red-tailed Hawk.
Large, round mostly white with some sparse black spots on forehead and back of head. Yellow eyes.
|Feet & Bill|
Bill hidden by feathers on face the entire time I viewed the bird. Feet, large completely covered with white feathers, with large pale talons.
White with limited black feather tips.
|Lower Back & Rump|
White with extensive black spots on feather tips on the coverts.
|Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts|
Blunt, rounded tail, pure white.
|IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?|
Plumage rules out all local standard plumaged owls. Yellow eyes rule out leucistic/albino Barred Owl as well as Barn Owl. Size & bulkiness of the bird rule out arbarent plumaged Short-eared Owl.
|This report was written from notes taken:||Immediately After|