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What a great video this would be!!  That north wind is brrrutal!


On Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 3:03 PM, Roy Pilcher <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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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> -----Original Message-----
> From: do-not-reply <[log in to unmask]>
> To: shamwariVT <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Mon, Dec 30, 2013 2:48 pm
> Subject: eBird Report - Killington, Dec 30, 2013
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> 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
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> Snowy Owl  1     Single bird.  Photographed, perched precariously on
> swaying top
> of 40' Black Spruce (?).
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16129888
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> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
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