The dimness due to the thick low clouds of today combined with the heavy
barring of the bird gave it the appearance I called "dark" in my
previous comments. Fernando's photos are very consistent with the bird
I saw. I saw the bird as per the pose in photo "Snowy Owl 2" except my
view of the back and wings was somewhat blurred due to thicker grasses
and/or the darkness of the day and no reflective snow on the ground.
Recollections of the 2009 bird was one reason I was wandering around in
the area instead of taking the direct route home to Cornwall following a
meeting in Burlington.
On 12/7/2011 7:04 PM, Fernando B.Corrada wrote:
> Ian, a couple of years ago there was a Snowy Owl perched on the rooftops of
> several houses in the Cider Mill development in South Burlington. It was there
> for 3-4 weeks if I recall correctly. I am not sure if it was a 1st year female or
> This location is pretty close to the corner of Barstow and Spear streets where
> you saw the Snowy Owl. I wonder if it is the same bird as these owls have very
> good longevity and the proximity of the these two locations raises the
> possibility that it is not a coincidence.
> I will monitor the Cider Mill in the next few days to see if the bird visits that
> Here is a photo of the Snowy Owl from Jan 2009:
> Ian, could you tell if the Snowy that you saw was a male of female? Thanks.
> Fernando B. Corrada
> South Burlington