The Snowy Owl was still present in that same area at 3pm. John Snell and Rob Spring were already on it when I arrived.
It was perched on a red airport light that was on top of a utility pole right next to the busy Airport Rd. There was safer viewing from East View Lane, where the doctor's offices are.
Patti Haynes, sent from my iPod
On Dec 19, 2013, at 12:05 PM, Larry Clarfeld <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi VTBirders,
> A Snowy Owl was reported by Dick Mansfield near Berlin Airport, in a big
> field just east of the airport. It was best seen looking north from the
> parking lot of the Gifford Health Center, off Airport Road. Thanks to
> Dick's lead, a few folks from North Branch Nature Center were able to
> observe the bird, which was still there as of 11 a.m.
> It spent a lot of time in the field, where it was very difficult to see at
> times (maybe impossible, if not for the crows mobbing it). Based on
> comparison of facial markings, this is likely the same Snowy Owl reported
> in the area a few weeks ago and featured on the cover of the Times Argus
> (image available, courtesy of Jeb Wallace-Brodeur of the Times Argus at:
> Good luck to anyone else who tries for it!
> - Larry
> Larry Clarfeld
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