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
Environmental Educator
North Branch Nature Center

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