Thanks for Jim alerting me about this great looking and active Snowy
Owl. It struck a marvelous pose, as the perfect finial atop the gazebo
atop the bluff overlooking a placid morning lake with Adirondacks beyond!
Its behavior is certainly similar with the one at Button Bay. That
there are three recent sightings in the vicinity, all by the lake, poses
the possibility they are of the same bird: 11-26 at Camp Dudley (NY),
12-10 at Button Island (VT), and 12-22 at Spaulding Bay (VT). These
three locations form a triangle 2.7, 2.9, and 3.3 miles on a side.
On 12/22/2011 3:14 PM, Jim Mead wrote:
> Hi all,
> I did some early morning owling today down in Addison, with no luck. On my
> way back north I made a few stops along the lake. One of my stops was at
> Spaulding Bay in Panton, (which is at the end of Turkey Lane). Park on the
> right just before the road heads downward to access the bay. I found the
> Snowy Owl on a rock left of the 1st island. There was a duck hunter on the
> right side of that same island. A minute or so after I spotted the owl, the
> hunter shot at some ducks and spooked the owl. It flew toward the shoreline
> and alit on a log above some rocks about 200 yards to my right. After about
> 10 minutes or so the duck hunter shot again and the owl was not spooked or
> seemingly bothered by it. This owl was fairly white with dark markings on the
> top of its' head, back, wings and tail. It also had a lighter shade of dark
> markings on its' breast.
> I wonder if this is the same owl that I saw on Dec. 10th at Button Bay? I have
> no way of knowing because the look that I had of the Button Bay owl was
> somewhat blurred. Today's look was a very nice one.
> The funny thing is that both sightings were on an island with the owl on one
> end and duck hunters on the other.
> I saw this Snowy at 7:58 a.m.
> P.S- I called Ian Worley to tell him about the owl while I was still there. He
> called me back around noon to tell me that he saw it on a log along the same
> shoreline (probably the same log) then it flew to the top of a Gazebo on the
> land behind the log.
> Good luck to those that try to get a look at this beauty.
> Enjoy Birds,
> Jim Mead