1 snowy owl present today at Knapp Airport in Berlin, VT. A USDA wildlife service truck was in the proximity, setting up a bow net spring trap to capture it. By the time we left, the trap had been dismantled, and taken away. Then a second truck (not USDA) seemed to stay with the owl as it rested near the edge of the runway. All this was occurring across the runway from either the cemetery or Benoitís Electric. 11:30-12:30pm.
I later ran into an acquaintance who works adjacent to the USDA office there. He reports that this office had only learned yesterday about a snowy owl being at the airport. I donít know if the airport asked them to remove the bird, or not. But I did find out that they aborted the trapping operation midday as they were uncomfortable having an audience (of birders).
We did not see a second, darker snowy owl.
We found a Northern Shrike in the SE corner of Comstock Rd/Scott Hill Rd intersection, not far from the airport. It then flew across Scott Hill Rd., in a westerly direction.
The Northern Hawk Owl was actively hunting in its usual location in Waterbury Center this morning at 10:30am. It made a couple of low swoops across busy Rt 100, avoiding being hit by any cars. Makes you wonder if it is skill or luck that has allowed it to survive in this territory for at least a month. I hope it is skill.