Documentation of Snowy Owl

Observer Information

Reporter:  Mark Amershek  414 South Jasmine Street,   Denver, CO  80224
Other Observers:  Chris Owens and Jim Petro

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Snowy Owl
First Date/Time:  12/15/2017 8:00:00 AM
Last Date/Time:  12/15/2017 8:15:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):  15 Minutes
County:  Morgan
Specific Location:  Northwest of Fort Morgan - Corn Field
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


Open Corn Field - perched on irrigation pipe

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Scope and binos
Distance:  Approx 500 feet
Light:  Sunny

Description of the Bird

Very white bird with much brownish mottling on back and head.  Perched on irrigation pipe.  Easily seen.  Bird did not move for the entire observation period.  Assumed that this was the same bird that was seen closer to Fort Morgan on I76 a few weeks earlier.  This bird was seen by most of those who were involved in the Weldona-Fort Morgan CBC - December 15, 2017. 

Similar Species Discussion

None - could not imagine another bird with this coloration and size.

Resources Used

This bird is quite recognizable - did not use any other form of ID.  Was able to get ID photos.

Previous Experience

I have seen Snowy Owls on two different locations in Colorado.  The first being the juvenile owl seen east of Barr Lake State Park a few years ago.  Also was able to see a bird at 114th & Trussville Road (near DIA) a couple of years ago.


Review of photos

Materials Available

Photographer: Mark Amershek

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Date Documentation Submitted

12/19/2017 2:40:00 PM
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