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Roy Pilcher <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:03:12 -0500
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Of interest with today's sighting of a Killington Snowy Owl was its reflexive behavior as it perched at the top of an~ 40 foot Black Spruce.  With wind gusts approaching 20 mph the horizontal arc of sway at the top of the spruce was 3-5 feet during which the vertical displacement was estimated to be about 6-10 inches.  With this constant motion the Snowy Owl compensated for the vertical up and down by raising and lowering its head so that the owl's vertical line of sight remained constant. 

With the wind chill the effective temperature was approaching zero! Bitterly cold!

Cheers, Roy Pilcher

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To: shamwariVT <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Mon, Dec 30, 2013 2:48 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Killington, Dec 30, 2013

Killington, Rutland, US-VT
Dec 30, 2013 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Temperature 20 degrees F.  North wind ~15-20 mph.  Bitterly cold.
1 species

Snowy Owl  1     Single bird.  Photographed, perched precariously on swaying top 
of 40' Black Spruce (?).

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